U.S. Supreme Court Gives Sentencing Discretion Back to Judges
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U.S. Supreme Court Gives Sentencing Discretion Back to Judges

Prior to 2005, the sentencing range recommended by the United States Sentencing Guidelines was the range within which a judge had to sentence.  The U.S. Supreme Court gave that discretion back to judges to allow them to take unique circumstances in a defendant’s case into consideration.In United States v. Booker, the Court made the Sentencing Guidelines advisory instead of mandatory….

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What Are the Value of Advisory Sentencing Guidelines?

The federal Sentencing Guidelines were established to create uniformity of sentences for different individuals charged with similar conduct.  The guidelines were written by the United States Sentencing Commission and then adopted by Congress.  Originally, the Sentencing Guidelines were mandatory.  Judges were required to impose a sentence within the sentencing range specified by the Guidelines. That all…