Theft Sentences

The Supreme Court of California ruled that Proposition 47, which reclassified felony offenses of theft of property worth less than $950 as misdemeanors, extends to the unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle. The ruling resolves a question as to whether there is a distinction that would grant sentencing relief to defendants who took vehicles permanently but deny relief to defendants who took vehicles temporarily, finding there is not.

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Arkansas High Court Rules Judicial Candidate Should Be on Ballot

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a state judicial candidate’s challenge to remain on the March primary ballot, overturning a lower court’s ruling finding him ineligible to run for office because of a 1994 misdemeanor conviction it found involved an “infamous crime.”

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Cellphone Sentence

A man was properly sentenced to 12 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for possessing a cell phone in a jail where he was being held on a misdemeanor charge, the state’s supreme court ruled. The man claims his sentence is “grossly disproportionate” to the crime but it falls within the statutory range of three to 15 years. 

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