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November 19, 2012

US court orders review of Miss. drug case

JACKSON, Miss. —  

The first of five Mississippi drug cases have been returned to a federal judge for resentencing under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The drug cases all came out of the U.S. District Court in North Mississippi since 2010.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this past week returned the case of Willie Lee Fields to the north Mississippi court. Fields was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute in 2010.

Four other Mississippi cases are pending before the 5th Circuit.

The nation's high court ruled in June that people who committed crack cocaine crimes before more lenient penalties took effect and received their prison sentence afterward should benefit from the new rules.

The ruling came in an Illinois case.

 

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