Monday, December 10, 2007

Supreme Court rules on three cases

The US Supreme Court released their opinions on three cases before the court today. The three cases all had to do with sentencing.

The one that has even shown up in discussions in the presidential campaign, is Kimbrough v. United States. This case was about the differing sentencing guidelines for crack versus powder cocaine (higher mandatory sentences for crack cocaine). The court ruled to allow judges to use their own judgment to impose lighter sentences for crack cocaine.

Want to read this and other opinions issued this session? Check out the Supreme Court 2007 Slip Opinions site. To see other cases before the court, you can check their docket.

Want some media analysis of the cases? Check out the Washington Post's Supreme Court page for all their articles.

Want more information on Supreme Court? Check out the library's guide.

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