Chief U.S. Circuit Judge Edward R. Becker often uses his opinions to speak directly to politicians and policymakers if he believes the case before him points up a persistent problem that cries out for a solution from another branch of the government.

In United States v. Walker, Becker used his opening paragraph to complain that Congress should give federal judges more discretion in sentencing in order to avoid the constant flow of appeals over hair-splitting issues.

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