9th Circ. Judges Slam 'Rubber-Stamp' Sentence Review

Law360, New York (September 20, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT) -- Four judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday decried the circuit’s tendency to "pay lip service" to reviewing sentences for white collar criminals, renewing their call for a standard that would establish when a sentence that comes without jail time is unreasonable.

Judge Ronald M. Gould and three of his colleagues said the Ninth Circuit has failed to heed federal sentencing guidelines when it comes to evaluating punishments for white collar defendants, in an opinion dissenting from a vote not...
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