Courts Must Use Sentencing Guidelines in Effect at Time of Crime

The U.S. Supreme Court today found that judges may not use newer, more stringent sentencing guidelines on old cases. The 5-4 ruling came in the case of Marvin Peugh, who was convicted of five counts of bank fraud, sentenced to 70 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $2 million dollars. Peugh had argued that his sentence was unfair because 2009 guidelines were used instead of the more lenient 1999 guidelines that were in effect at the time of his offenses. The high court agreed and sent the case back to the appeals court. SCOTUSBlog has the story.