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T he 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that sending people convicted of minor offenses to jail for long sentences under California’s Three Strikes law violates the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

The decision, coming seven years after voters enacted the controversial tough-on-crime provision, does not overturn Three Strikes but may serve as a barrier against much-criticized applications of the law.

“Our decision today does not invalidate California’s Three Strikes law,” wrote Judge Richard Paez for a divided three-judge panel. “Yet, the Eighth Amendment does not permit the application of a law which results in a sentence grossly disproportionate to the crime.”

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