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Sentence-Guideline Ruling Stirs Confusion

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Sentence-Guideline Ruling Stirs Confusion

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Sentence-Guideline Ruling Stirs Confusion

Sentence-Guideline Ruling Stirs Confusion

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In June, the Supreme Court invalidated Washington state's sentencing guidelines, casting doubt on the 15-year-old system. The result is what one expert calls legal anarchy, with jurists uncertain how to proceed in the wake of the ruling. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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