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Sentencing Guidelines Face Test Case


— December 23, 2003

A money laundering case in U.S. District Court in Miami is one of the first test cases of a new law that reduces federal judges’ authority to individually tailor sentences. The controversy that has erupted over retroactive application of the sentencing provisions potentially affects federal circuits across the country, as sentencing issues dominate federal appeals court dockets. Out of 11,500 criminal appeals last year, nearly 9,800 involved sentencing issues.

The complexity of the sentencing phase of this case is almost too much to believe. Details from Law.com here.


A money laundering case in U.S. District Court in Miami is one of the first test cases of a new law that reduces federal judges’ authority to individually tailor sentences. The controversy that has erupted over retroactive application of the sentencing provisions potentially affects federal circuits across the country, as sentencing issues dominate federal appeals court dockets. Out of 11,500 criminal appeals last year, nearly 9,800 involved sentencing issues.

The complexity of the sentencing phase of this case is almost too much to believe. Details from Law.com here.

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