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Supreme Court to Take Up Mandatory Sentences

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Supreme Court to Take Up Mandatory Sentences

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Supreme Court to Take Up Mandatory Sentences

Supreme Court to Take Up Mandatory Sentences

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The Supreme Court decides to consider the constitutionality of federal sentencing guidelines. The court agreed to fast-track the case, since a related ruling this summer about state sentencing guidelines threw courts across the country into confusion. At issue is the power of judges to single-handedly adjust the length of criminals' sentences. Hear NPR's Melissa Block and Douglas Berman, professor at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University