If it made Robert Bryan "sad and a little angry" that federal sentencing guidelines in the 1990s forced him to impose draconian prison terms on two drug defendants, one can only imagine how the Seattle federal judge feels now. The 9th Circuit vindicated his sentiments in December when a three-judge panel granted his 2005 request to let him reconsider the two jail terms, citing Bryan's courtroom expressions of dismay. But in a rare move, the 9th Circuit panel Tuesday withdrew the December opinion.
9th Circuit Flips on 'Booker' Retroactivity
September 13, 2007