Mn. Sentencing “Up In The Air” Under Court Ruling

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Hundreds of Minnesota prison inmates may be able to challenge their sentences under an appellate court ruling this week, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Criminal justice officials believe the state can adjust successfully to the new rules and prevent the premature release of dangerous prisoners, but they foresee a degree of chaos. The ruling is among the first in Minnesota to flow from recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that limit trial judges' discretion to increase criminal sentences beyond statutory or sentencing guideline lengths. The Minnesota ruling came in the case of Dennis Whitley Jr., a repeat sex offender . . .

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