Justices Will Be Hit Soon With Sentencing Appeal

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Even though the Supreme Court has start its summer break, justices may have to deal quickly with fallout from an important ruling on criminal sentencing, reports the Associated Press. The decision said judges cannot lengthen prison terms beyond the maximum spelled out in sentencing guidelines. Last week, a federal judge in Utah cited the case in declaring federal sentencing guidelines unconstitutional in a child sexual exploitation case. In Washington, D.C., the tobacco farmer who crashed his tractor into a pond on the Mall was released after a judge reduced his sentence because of the high court's ruling . . .

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