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Mandatory Drug Sentences Unconstitutional

Mandatory drug sentences have been ruled unconsitutional by a 3-2 decision in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court ruled that the mandatory minimum sentences such as the school zone, which have long been used by prosecutors to force individuals to plead guilty to crimes they did not commit, has been ruled unconstitutional.  The case of Commonwealth v. Hopkins, decided on June 16, 2015 has greatly reduced the unfettered power of the District Attorney.

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