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11th Circuit to consider crack sentencing issues

ATLANTA (AP) – The federal appeals court in Atlanta has decided to take up a question about the scope of a 2010 federal law designed to reduce the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences.

The Daily Report reports that the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is to review a case focusing on defendants who committed drug crimes before the measure was signed into law in August 2010 but weren’t sentenced until after it took effect.

Government attorneys initially argued that defendants who committed their crimes before it became law were ineligible for the new mandatory minimum rules if they weren’t sentenced by then.

They later said they agreed with criminal defense lawyers on the issue, but the 11th Circuit signaled it wanted to review the issue.

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