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Justices Weigh Deviation from Sentencing Guidelines

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Justices Weigh Deviation from Sentencing Guidelines

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Justices Weigh Deviation from Sentencing Guidelines

Justices Weigh Deviation from Sentencing Guidelines

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday hears a case involving whether a judge must notify the defense if he deviates from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. A pre-sentence report recommended a sentence of 41 to 51 months in prison for a California man who pleaded guilty to threatening his wife. Without notifying defense counsel, the judge rejected the recommendation and instead sentenced the man to the maximum penalty of five years in prison.