In the five years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the mandatory nature of federal sentencing guidelines, prosecutors' experiences and data suggest "federal sentencing practice is fragmenting into at least two distinct and very different sentencing regimes," according to the Justice Department, which wants the U.S. Sentencing Commission to investigate, with special attention to guidelines for fraud and child pornography. But some experts say it may be something that the commission doesn't want to examine too closely.
Justice Department Calls for Probe of Federal Sentencing Patterns
The National Law Journal
July 19, 2010
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