Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Kenneth H. Hanson, by appointment of the Court, 499 U.S. 973, argued the cause and filed briefs for petitioner.
Amy L. Wax argued the cause for the United States. With her on the brief were Solicitor General Starr, Assistant Attorney General Mueller, Deputy Solicitor General Bryson, and Kathleen A. Felton.
O'Connor, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and Blackmun, Stevens, Scalia, Souter, and Thomas, JJ., joined. White, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Kennedy, J., joined, p. 207.
United States Supreme Court.
Justice O'Connor, delivered the opinion of the Court.
The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 (Act), as amended, 18 U. S. C. § 3551 et seq., 28 U. S. C. §§ 991-998, created the United States Sentencing Commission and empowered it to promulgate guidelines establishing sentencing ranges for different categories of federal offenses and defendants. The Act permits a district court to depart from the presumptive...
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