Sentencing guidelines raise thorny legal issues for DAs, judges

If issue goes to court, the outcome is far from certain

“WE’RE SAYING to the judiciary: ‘Stay in your lane.’” That’s how Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey summed up the letter he sent in May to Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey. In two rather truculent pages, he demanded that Carey order judges to stop consulting the new advisory guidelines that the state’s Sentencing Commission had issued 18 months earlier.(...)

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