The Supreme Court has clearly stated the general rule that sentencing lies properly within the sound discretion of the trial judge and that, in exercising his discretion, a judge is not restricted by technical rules of evidence.
Sweet, Gary L.
"Sentencing: A Discretionary Judicial Function,"
Nova Law Review: Vol. 3
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