Federal Judges’ Sentencing Powers Cut By Congress

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http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/150/metro/Sentencing_law_targets_US_judges_in_Massachusetts+.shtml Starting today, federal judges will have less discretion to craft sentences for criminals because of a little-debated new law that increases the minimum amount of prison time for several crimes. The Boston Globe says that the law targets areas like Massachusetts, where federal judges impose lenient sentences at a higher rate than the national average. The measure could lead to "report cards" that single out judges who frequently sentence criminals to less prison time than federal guidelines . . .

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