Supreme Court sides against Biden administration in drug sentencing case

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(Worthy News) – The on Monday found that certain low-level crack cocaine offenders are not eligible for sentencing reductions, a repudiation of the Biden administration’s late case change in opinion.

In a majority opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the court found that convicts who did not trigger a mandatory minimum sentence also did not qualify for a retroactive sentence reduction. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a concurring opinion in which she agreed with Thomas’s judgment.

The court’s decision sought to settle questions raised in the 2018 First Step Act, a law signed by former President Donald to reform sentencing surrounding minor drug offenders. In the case, Tarahrick Terry, a man, argued that under the First Step Act, his sentence of more than 15 years should be reduced. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More…) ]

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