Articles Posted in Federal Law

A recent article in the New York Times suggests that the US Supreme Court may soon review state laws that allow judges (who are mostly elected in partisan elections) to override juries recommendations and sentence capital murder defendants to the death penalty. I personally welcome this, as I have felt some unease with the current scheme for some time.

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Congress has approved an amendment to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines that drastically decreases the punishment for those convicted of many drug offenses. Importantly, Congress made these changes retroactive, meaning that most people  presently serving a federal sentence who qualify can petition the Court to have their sentence reduced to the new guideline level.

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