Federal Judges Challenge Law On Lighter Sentences

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-09-23-ashcroft-usat_x.htm Leaders of the federal judiciary are urging repeal of a law that limits a judge's authority to issue lighter sentences and requires monitoring of judges who stray from sentencing guidelines, USA Today reports. The unanimous vote of the Judicial Conference of the United States was announced a day after Attorney General John Ashcroft blamed federal judges for exploiting sentencing loopholes to allow "too many criminals" back on the streets. Carolyn Dineen . . .

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