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Trusting the Discretion of Judges

Should judges be given more leeway in deciding sentences?  In federal law, they already have considerable leeway, although they are constrained to an extent by mandatory minimum sentences.  (They used to be constrained as well by mandatory guidelines, but that ended with the Supreme Court's 2005 decision in Booker).

In considering whether judges should have more of a free rein (or is it reign?), it seems fair enough to take a look at who might wind up doing the judging.

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