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Sen. Paul Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Jun 17, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul today released the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court ruling in Alleyne v. United States, which requires that facts underlying a mandatory minimum sentence must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury.

"Today's Supreme Court decision is a promising step forward in reining in mandatory minimum sentencing in our courts. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and I recently introduced the Justice Safety Valve Act, which is designed to combat the injustice in many federal criminal laws, which have mandatory minimum penalties attached. Mandatory minimum sentences violate the bedrock principle that all people should be treated as individuals - not grouped in to a one-size-fits-all mandate."

 

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