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Supreme Court to Hear Sentencing Case Impacting Thousands

Feb. 22, 2021, 2:37 PM

The Supreme Court agreed to take on the latest dispute involving a frequently litigated three-strikes sentencing law affecting thousands of convicted defendants.

By granting review of William Wooden’s appeal, the justices can settle a split in the appeals courts over how to decide when two crimes are “committed on occasions different from one another” under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act.

Wooden argues his prior burglary convictions shouldn’t have triggered the act’s 15-year mandatory minimum, which he’s now serving. He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of burglary for entering 10 units of a Georgia mini-storage facility on the same night...

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