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Local California Judge And Former Prosecutor Supporting Three-Strike Offender's Appeal

Publication Date: 
December 12, 2010
Sentencing Law and Policy Blog

The Sentencing Law and Policy Blog ran a piece about the work of students in the Stanford Three Strikes Project of the Mills Legal Clinic. Stanford's Three Strikes Project represents defendants with minor, non-violent felonies who have been sentenced under California's Three Strikes law. The blog points to an AP story about the clinic:

As detailed in this interesting new AP article, which is headlined "Stanford law students appeal three-strike cases," a defendant appealing his three-strikes sentence in California is getting some notable help from some notable folks. Here are the specifics:

Nearly 15 years after sentencing, an inmate is getting an unexpected chance at freedom — and the judge a shot at redemption. Students at Stanford Law School's novel Three Strikes Project, which has successfully overturned 14 life prison terms handed down for non-violent crimes under California's unforgiving sentencing law, are joined by an unusual coalition in their latest bid. The county judge and prosecutor who sent Shane Taylor behind bars for 25-years-to-life in 1996 now want to help set him free....