Today, two of the most controversial issues in sentencing law -- the length of sentences for crack cocaine offenders and judges' ability to go outside the federal sentencing guidelines -- will intersect in arguments before an 11th Circuit panel. The five consolidated cases from the Southern District of Florida have the potential to affect many other cases. At issue is the application of retroactive changes that reduced federal crack cocaine sentencing for defendants who were sentenced as career offenders.
Crack Resentencing Controversy Comes Before 11th Circuit
August 22, 2008