Many federal judges criticize the current federal minimum sentencing guidelines passed during George H. W. Bush's presidency as having removed their discretion to consider each case on its own merits.
Hear about the genesis of the minimum sentence laws and impending U.S. Supreme Court action that will examine the constitutionality of these laws.
Steven Henderson, Supreme Court correspondent for Knight Ridder
Paul Lay, senior judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Douglas Berman, law professor at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
John Knodell, prosecutor in Washington State, handled the Blakely vs Washington case and supports federal sentencing guidelines
This program aired on November 19, 2004.