Appeals Court Voids 3-Strikes Shoplifting Sentence

A federal appeals panel, interpreting California’s “three strikes” law, ruled that a 25-years-to-life sentence for stealing a $199 VCR amounted to unconstitutional “cruel and unusual punishment,” reported the Los Angeles Times. The majority in a 2 to 1 vote of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit called the case “exceedingly rare,” saying
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