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Supreme Court seems split on when to apply new drug sentences for crack cocaine users
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Supreme Court seems split on whether criminals who were arrested but not yet sentenced for crack cocaine offenses should be able to take advantage of newly reduced sentences.
Corey A. Hill and Edward Dorsey were arrested in 2007 and 2008 for selling crack cocaine. However, the men were not sentenced until after the Fair Sentencing Act went into effect. That law reduces the difference between sentences for crimes committed by crack cocaine and powder cocaine users.
The men argued that because their sentences came after the law's effective date, they should get its lesser prison time. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, and they appealed to the Supreme Court.
Justices strongly questioned both sides, and will come to a final decision before the end of June.