The 1984 federal sentencing law, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, does not violate the balance of power among the three branches of government, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said.

Hatch, the second-ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was a chief sponsor of the bill.The law set up a commission to write sentencing guidlines for federal judges to use.

"We wanted to stiffen prison time, eliminate parole, currtail credit for good behavior, and tell federal judges just what sentences should be imposed for what federal crimes the Sentencing Reform Act does that," Hatch said.