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Biden DOJ Crack Sentencing Flip Prompts May SCOTUS Argument

March 25, 2021, 5:22 PM

The Supreme Court on Thursday re-scheduled argument in a drug sentencing case for a rare May session, a move prompted by the Justice Department’s late switch in positions following President Joe Biden’s election.

The government had opposed Tarahrick Terry’s appeal while Donald Trump was president, setting the stage for an April argument over whether Terry and other lower-level crack-cocaine offenders are eligible for relief under the First Step Act. Trump signed the criminal justice reform measure into law in 2018.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department told the high court it now thinks Terry has the better of the argument. ...