Florida Supreme Court upholds state's "three strikes" law

The Florida Supreme Court upheld the state's 1999 "three strikes" law today in a 4-3 ruling. The law mandates longer prison sentences for repeat felons. There had been a split in Florida's five midlevel appeals courts as to the constitutionality of the law. Two of the lower courts concluded that the law violated state constitutional requirements that bills deal with only one subject, while three courts ruled the law was valid.

State lawmakers had again passed the same provisions into law in 2002 after ther first appellate court rejected the law. Under the statute, judges must give defendants the maximum sentence for a third felony. Read today's Florida Supreme Court ruling here [PDF]. Read the "Three Strike Violent Felony Offender Act" from 1999 here [PDF]. AP has more.

 

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