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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 18, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed split Tuesday on whether criminals who were arrested but not yet sentenced for crack cocaine offenses should be able to take advantage of reduced sentences authorized under the Fair Sentencing Act, which took effect August 2010. The case centers on two defendants who were arrested in 2007 and 2008 for selling crack cocaine but had not yet been sentenced at the time the bill took effect. Much of the court’s discussion focused on whether Congress intended the new law to apply retroactively. WRCB TV3 has more