Via this post from How Appeal, the Charleston Post and Courier has this article ("Sentencing guidelines decision affects several S.C. cases," 7/16/04), which says, among other things:
"A U.S. Supreme Court decision last month has raised questions because it indirectly suggests that federal sentencing guidelines deny defendants their rights to a jury trial.
Meanwhile, while an appellate court in Richmond, Va., considers next month how courts in the South should apply sentencing rules, a federal judge in Charleston has delayed sentencing hearings in two criminal cases. . . .
U.S. District Judge David Norton in Charleston postponed two cases until the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond makes a decision in a Charlotte case involving a man sentenced to 155 years in prison for smuggling cigarettes. Attorneys for Mohamad Hammoud Contar contend that a federal judge imposed an excessive sentence."