Supreme Court puts hacker sentences up for grabs

Thursday, 3 February 2005, 9:11 AM EST

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision last month giving judges more leeway in deciding federal prison terms could be good news for computer intruders who don't fit the classic criminal mold, legal experts say.

In U.S. v. Booker, decided January 12th, the court ruled 5-4 to overturn part of a 1984 law that required judges to sentence offenders strictly by a book of written guidelines produced and periodically revised by a seven-member, presidential appointed commission.

By Kevin Poulsen at SecurityFocus.

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