Supreme Court to hear sentencing guidelines, age discrimination cases Gabriel Haboubi at 4:15 PM ET
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari Monday in three cases [order list, PDF] to be heard next term, two of which deal with federal sentencing guidelines. In Kimbrough v. US (06-6330) [docket] the court will decide an appeal of a Fourth Circuit case stemming from a district judge refusing to order a higher sentencing range because the defendant was dealing both crack and powder cocaine. The Fourth Circuit vacated Kimbrough's lesser sentence [opinion, PDF] and remanded for resentencing. AP has more on Kimbrough. In Gall v. US (06-7949) [docket], the court will deal with another circuit court order resentencing of a defendant who was sentenced below guidelines. The Eighth Circuit ruled that it was unreasonable for an drug dealer selling MDMA, or ecstasy, to be sentenced below the guideline amount [opinion, PDF] without any special circumstances in the case.
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