Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal From Illegal Gun Dealer

June 1, 2009 - 11:03 AM
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Washington (AP) - The Supreme Court will not look into the case of an illegal gun dealer who was given a longer prison term because the guns were destined for New York City.
 
The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Gerard Cavera, an Army veteran in his 70s who got six months more than federal sentencing guidelines recommended for being an illegal gun dealer.
 
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who last week was nominated to the high court, took issue with her colleagues on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who upheld the sentence. Sotomayor said in a lengthy dissent that only in rare instances should trial judges set prison terms that are outside the federal guidelines.