Another Supreme Court term, another chapter in the sentencing saga. The justices heard argument Tuesday in two cases that test how much discretion federal district court judges have in sentencing defendants and examine the standard federal circuit court panels should apply in reviewing those sentences on appeal. At issue in one of the cases: the controversial 100:1 ratio used in calculating sentences for trafficking crack as opposed to powder cocaine. Also of note: Justice Scalia references Lex Luthor.
Supreme Court Argument Report: Justices Tackle Sentencing, Again
October 3, 2007