Ashcroft slams Supreme Court sentencing ruling

[JURIST] Outgoing US Attorney General John Ashcroft [official profile, JURIST Newsmakers archive] took some parting shots Tuesday at a recent Supreme Court sentencing ruling and at critics opposed to renewal of the Patriot Act. Addressing a staunchly conservative crowd at Washington's Heritage Foundation [public policy website], Ashcroft argued that the low crime rate reported in the last several years was a direct result of diligent prosecutors and stiff sentencing that had put criminals behind bars. He warned that by setting aside parts of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines [official text], the Supreme Court ruling in US v. Booker [JURIST Gazette report] had jeopardized those gains. Ashcroft also said that Congress needed to renew key provisions of the Patriot Act [PDF text, JURIST Hot Topic archive] set to lapse later this year. Ashcroft said that those provisions were vital to the continuing war on terrorism. JURIST's Monitor has recorded video of Ashcroft's address. Read the full text. CNN has additional coverage.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.