The USSC & 8A Proportionality in Non-Capital Cases

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The USSC & 8A Proportionality in Non-Capital Cases Rummel Estelle Solem v. Helm Harmelin v. Michigan 5- 4/1980 5- 4/1983 5- 4/1991 Upholds life sentence for obtaining $120 by false pretenses Strikes down life w/o parole for writing no-account check-worse crimes but worse sentence than Rummel Upholds life w/o parole for 1st offense possession of 1.5 lbs. . cocaine
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Solem v. Helm Harmelin v. Michigan Solem Factors 1. Gravity of crime compared to severity of penalty; 2.Compare sentences for similarly grave crimes within same jurisdiction
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2008 for the course LAW 1010 taught by Professor Cavanaugh during the Spring '00 term at St. Johns Duplicate.

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