The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down convicted rapist Lonnie Lee Burton's plea to reduce his prison sentence, without deciding whether the Court's 3-year-old ruling on prison sentences applies to older cases. The justices said the appeal's procedural problems should have prevented it from ever being heard. The Court's action was unusual in that the justices accepted the case in June and heard argument in November before determining that lower courts had been wrong to consider the merits of the appeal.
High Court Rules Against Wash. State Rapist Who Wanted Sentence Reduced
The Associated Press
January 10, 2007