Pennsylvania Superior Court: Mandatory Minimum Sentences are Unconstitutional

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The Joint Blog: August 25, 2014

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that mandatory minimum sentences – including those imposed on nonviolent drug crimes – are unconstitutional, a ruling which will have a large and immediate impact on the state’s legal system.

The court made the ruling as part of a case against a Montgomery County man, James Newman, who received a mandatory 5-year sentence for possession of drugs (cocaine) and a gun. The court vacated the sentence, and called the current practice of mandatory minimum sentencing “unconstitutional”.

(read the full article at The Joint Blog)

The full opinion can be found at http://www.pacourts.us.

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