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Life sentence for crack dealer doesn’t violate Eighth Amendment

The Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment does not preclude a mandatory life sentence for dealers who possess a smaller quantity of crack cocaine than the quantity of powder cocaine necessary to trigger a similar sentence, the 7th ...

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Plea agreement doesn’t preclude sentence reduction

A plea agreement authorizing a particular sentence does not preclude a defendant from later seeking a reduction in his term of imprisonment pursuant to amended guidelines for crack cocaine offenses, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision.

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