Tag Archives: Fair Sentencing Act

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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Court: Sentencing law applies to pre-enactment crimes

The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which lowered the minimum sentencing requirements for many crack cocaine-related offenses, applies to all sentences imposed after the statute’s enactment, even those for pre-enactment crimes, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

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