NPR logo

Justices Back Role of Juries in Establishing Sentences

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1977447/1977448" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Justices Back Role of Juries in Establishing Sentences

U.S.

Justices Back Role of Juries in Establishing Sentences

Justices Back Role of Juries in Establishing Sentences

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1977447/1977448" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

In a 5-4 vote with vast repercussions for the U.S. criminal justice system, the Supreme Court invalidates the criminal sentencing system of Washington state. The court's ruling emphasizes the role of juries in determining sentences, and stirs speculation that the sentencing guidelines used by many states and the federal government won't be able to withstand a constitutional challenge. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

Related NPR Stories

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.