Three strikes law upheld. (Upfront Update).
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld California's "three strikes law" ("Three Strikes and You're in for life," 1/24/03), rejecting constitutional challenges to sentences of 25 years without parole for a man who stole three golf clubs, and 50 years without parole for another who stole children's videos. Both men had committed previous property crimes that qualified as prior "strikes" under California's sentencing law. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the 5-4 majority, said the 25-years-to-life sentences did not violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.