The California Supreme Court gave judges more room to scale back sentences in Three Strikes cases Tuesday, continuing the debate over judicial discretion that the court started three years ago.

Tuesday’s decision in People v. Garcia, 99 C.D.O.S. 4094, addresses a relatively narrow issue: whether trial judges have discretion to strike prior convictions in one new case while factoring them in for sentencing on another. But the majority opinion drew a vehement dissent from Justice Janice Rogers Brown, who warned that the majority is thwarting the law by allowing judges too much latitude to reduce sentences.

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