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Default Article:ACLU says judges would invalidate crime law provision

ACLU says judges would invalidate crime law provision, but prosecutors see a solution

If Gov. Bill Walker signs Senate Bill 54, American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska lawyer Tara Rich expects defense attorneys to file lawsuits almost immediately.

Rich said the ACLU would be joining them, because it considers one part — which says that people arrested for committing class C felonies for the first time face the same range of sentences as those charged with more serious class B felonies — unconstitutional.

“If there’s no rational basis for the Legislature to completely fail to distinguish between these two separate levels of crimes, then it will be struck down as violating due process rights,” Rich said.

Read more here: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/11...ee-a-solution/
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