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Criminal – Sentencing – ‘Three Strikes’ – Safety Valve (access required)

A defendant convicted of bank robbery has his mandatory life sentence under the “three strikes” law, 18 U.S.C. § 3559(c), affirmed by the 4th Circuit. Defendant argues the statute’s so-called safety valve applies to his robbery and therefore should not have received a mandatory life sentence. The statute’s safety valve provides that a robbery shall not ...

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