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Best of 2006 – Top Cases (access required)

FEDERAL COURTS One of the top stories in federal courts covered by Virginia Lawyers Weekly has been the unfolding effect of U.S. v. Booker on criminal sentences. Under Booker, guidelines set by the U.S. Sentencing Commission are no longer mandatory, but "advisory." No longer shackled by mandatory guidelines, federal judges began exercising more discretion in sentencing criminal ...