The Supreme Court has waded into a gun case that could affect the sentences of thousands of inmates. Justices are reviewing the seven-year prison sentence given a former pawn shop operator to decide if sentencings in federal weapons cases have been handled properly. Prosecutors in two dozen states worry the eventual ruling could strike down their sentencing arrangements. The issue for the court is whether prosecutors have to convince a jury--not just a judge--that a defendant`s wrongdoing involved guns.
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