Judge Leaving Bench To Protest Sentencing Curbs

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http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0708/p02s01-usju.html John Martin resigns next month after 13 years a federal trial judge in New York city in protest against new restrictions on the power of judges to impose criminal sentences. The Christian Science Monitor says that Martin is part of a rebellion in the federal judiciary over new congressional strictures that limit the range of prison sentences judges can dispense. From Washington to California, judges are chafing at guidelines that eliminate flexibility in setting jail terms for whole . . .

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