To many, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court sent a simple message last month to appeals courts around the country: When reviewing the sentencing decisions of trial judges, back off. But last week an 11th Circuit judge signaled that he's not rolling over. Judge Joel F. Dubina's response to the high court came in a case in which federal prosecutors in Florida had challenged as too lenient a seven-year sentence for a distributor of child pornography.
11th Circuit Wrestles With Sentencing
January 4, 2008