Appeals court: Minimum sentences for people who haven't been in prison
An Ohio appeals court says judges can impose only a minimum sentence for anyone who has never spent time in prison before.
The First Ohio District Court of Appeals says the jury must play a role in sentencing by making findings if a sentence stiffer than the minimumum is being contemplated. But Ohio leaves sentencing to judges. The Cincinnati-based appeals court ruled Friday that it is un-constitutional to impose more than the minimum sentence without either supporting findings by the jury or admissions by the defendant.