Only In The South: The Mississippi Supreme Court Ruled To Uphold a Life Sentence Prison Term For a Man In Possession Of FEWER THAN TWO OUNCES Of Cannabis

Only In The South: The Mississippi Supreme Court Ruled To Uphold a Life Sentence Prison Term For a Man In Possession Of FEWER THAN TWO OUNCES Of Cannabis
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If you wish to re-publish this story please do so with following accreditation EDITOR: Heather Allman PUBLISHER: CANNABIS LAW REPORT   Mississippi Supreme Court Upholds Life Sentence for Cannabis Possession Mon / Jun 20th  Author: TG Branfalt – FACEBOOKTWITTERLINKEDIN The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled to uphold a life sentence prison term for a man in possession of fewer than two ounces of cannabis The Mississippi Supreme Court last week upheld the conviction of a man sentenced to life in prison for cannabis possession, WLBT reports. The court found that Allen Russell’s life sentence – handed down in 2019 for possession of 43.71 grams, or less than two ounces – did not violate the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which bars excessive bail, fines, and cruel or unusual punishment, and was in line with state law.   The conviction would typically carry a sentence of up to three years in prison but Russell was given the enhanced sentence under the state’s habitual offender law. Russell had been previously charged with house burglary twice and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The Mississippi Court of Appeals had previously deadlocked on Russell’s case 5-5 last year, the report says. In a split decision, six of the nine Supreme Court justices affirmed the trial court’s ruling, finding that Russell received “the only sentence available.” The court added that Russell had a history of being a violent offender.   In the majority opinion, Associate Justice Robert Chamberlin, wrote that “It is pertinent to note that the arrest came while law enforcement was attempting to serve another drug-related warrant on Russell as well as execute a search warrant on his premises.   “Chemical gas had to be deployed to obtain Russell’s surrender. … Clearly, the trial judge was aware of Russell’s history as contained in the record…

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