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Biden DOJ Flips Supreme Court Stance on Crack Sentencing (1)

March 15, 2021, 5:09 PM; Updated: March 15, 2021, 5:57 PM

The Biden Justice Department is siding with the criminal defendant in a crack sentencing case at the Supreme Court, representing a reversal from its Trump-era stance.

The federal government’s latest high court shift comes in a dispute involving application of the First Step Act, a significant criminal justice measure passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by former President Donald Trump.

The evolution in the government’s thinking reflects President Joe Biden’s, from his days as a tough-on-crime senator to running for president on the promise of change, including in the realm of the racially disparate sentencing endemic to drug ...

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