This should generate a ripple in the force.
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal judges have been improperly adding time to criminals’ sentences, a decision that puts in doubt longtime sentencing rules.
The court, on a 5-4 vote, said that its ruling last June that juries — not judges — should consider factors that can add years to defendants’ prison sentences applies as well to the 17-year-old federal guideline system.
While they did not completely throw out the federal guidelines, the justices held that juries must be more involved in sentencing. No mention was made on this ruling’s effect on folks who have already been sentenced under the guidelines without jury input.