US Supreme Court takes up sentencing appeal in 'DC Sniper' case

Supreme Court To Take Up D.C. Sniper Case, Raising Issue of Sentencing Minors

US Supreme Court to consider whether Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo deserves new sentencing

At issue is a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that said juveniles can not be given mandatory life-without-parole sentences unless they committed murder or were determined permanently incorrigible.

While many illegal immigrants are released while they await their immigration court proceedings and possible deportation, Congress has deemed some serious criminals to be such safety risks that they must be held by ICE while their cases proceed. He was taken into federal custody in 2013, years after serving his prison time, but eventually won his deportation case, the Associated Press reported. He mocked Democrats for trying to change the rules.

Regardless of what the Supreme Court decides, it is unlikely that Malvo would get out of prison anytime soon.

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The court's conservative justices sided with the Trump administration, which argued as the Obama administration did, against hearings for those convicted of crimes and affected by the law.

Kerri Kupec, a U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman, said administration officials were pleased with the ruling.

Breyer was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. "And it is a power to hold those persons, perhaps for many months, without any opportunity to obtain bail".

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For people in the Washington area, the shooting spree is remembered as particularly frightening because of the randomness of the attacks.

In both of the detention cases, the Supreme Court reversed the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a liberal leaning court that Trump has frequently criticized. Wang also called the decision an "extreme waste of taxpayer money", saying it locks up individuals who are not a danger to the community.

The case before the justices involved a class-action lawsuit brought by noncitizens in California and a similar class-action lawsuit brought in the state of Washington.

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The plaintiffs included two legal USA residents involved in separate lawsuits filed in 2013, a Cambodian immigrant named Mony Preap convicted of marijuana possession and a Palestinian immigrant named Bassam Yusuf Khoury convicted of attempting to manufacture a controlled substance. It says the attorney general "shall take into custody any alien" who has committed certain offenses "when the alien is released" from state or local custody. Preap has since won his deportation case.

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