The wide-ranging discretion in federal sentencing given to district judges by the U.S. Supreme Court allows a tougher prison term to a gun offender in New York City than in other parts of the country in part because of the unique problems guns pose in urban areas and the city's efforts to stem handgun violence, the 2nd Circuit has ruled. The court also used its opinion to expand on the degree of discretion given trial judges and the approach the circuit takes in reviewing sentences for reasonableness.
2nd Circuit Approves Sentencing Bump for Urban Weapons Trafficking
New York Law Journal
December 5, 2008