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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....