Newsbrief: Last Week's Supreme Court Ruling Pays Off for New York Woman 1/21/05

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Legal scholars remain divided on the ultimate impact of last week's Supreme Court decision in the Booker and Fan Fan cases, where the court held that mandatory federal sentencing guidelines were unconstitutional because judges -- not juries -- found facts that could increase sentences beyond statutory guidelines. But for one New York woman, there is little to debate.

According to WSTM in Niagara County, New York, Jamie Lynn Chilberg, 21, of Youngstown would have faced a minimum of two years in prison under the mandatory guidelines for attempting to smuggle nearly one thousand Ecstasy tablets across the US-Canada border. Instead, a judge in Buffalo sentenced to one day in jail -- the amount of time she spent behind bars after being arrested.

The sentencing judge, who exercised his new freedom under last week's ruling, said sending the young woman to prison for two years would serve no purpose. Chilberg had entered a drug treatment program and "turned her life around," he noted.

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