Gall v. United States
- Case Date: 7/26/2007
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
On December 11, 2007, WLF scored a victory when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal district court judges have greater latitude in imposing a sentence that falls outside the U.S. Sentencing Guideline range for a particular sentence. This decision will have significant impact on federal sentencing practices that affect business owners and executives, particularly with respect to minor regulatory offenses where the current Guidelines call for excessive prison terms for minor infractions. WLF argued, and the Court agreed, that district courts need not be required to give "extraordinary reasons" for departing from the Guidelines, as long as they do no abuse their discretion in imposing a particular sentence.
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7/26/2007: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Supreme Court Gives Judges More Leeway to Depart from Sentencing Guidelines