‘Chaos’ May Leap from Supreme Court Decision

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Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court cast doubt on federal and state sentencing guidelines by rejecting a practice that judges have used to boost punishments in thousands of criminal cases. Now judges across the nation have begun to trim sentences and to look to Washington for help in avoiding what legal analysts say could be chaos in the U.S. court system, reports USA Today. A few lower-court judges have ruled that the high court's decision forces them to strike down the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which have been in place since 1987. "If our . . .

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