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August 3, 2004 - The Wall Street Journal (US)

Supreme Court To Consider Constitutionality Of Sentencing Guidelines

By Robert S. Greenberger and Laurie P. Cohen, Staff Reporters

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, acting to halt tumult among federal courts, agreed to consider the constitutionality of federal sentencing guidelines in the wake of its June decision striking down the sentencing system in Washington state.

In a rare move on their summer break, the justices agreed to hear arguments in two cases involving the federal guidelines when the new term opens Oct. 4. The Justice Department had asked the court to schedule arguments in the two cases for mid-September.

The action highlights the chaos in the criminal-justice system following the Supreme Court's June ruling on state sentencing guidelines.

(Remainder snipped at the request of The Wall Street Journal)

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