In a unanimous decision from the Ohio Supreme Court, judges no longer have to justify handing out punishment that is tougher than the minimum sentence required by law. This ruling potentially affects thousands of felons, who will have to be resentenced. Furthermore, it raises questions about the consistency of future criminal sentences throughout Ohio. There are fears that sentencing among the courts will not be consistent with one another. Will one court impose a harsher sentence for a crime than another would for the same crime? This question remains to be answered.
Read the opinion: State v. Mathis (2006-Ohio-855):