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Three Strikes Law Under Attack

A federal appeals court says California´s tough on crime three strikes law can produce unlawfully cruel and unusual sentences.

The ruling could lead to hundreds of legal challenges by defendants sentenced to near-life terms for petty crimes.

A panel of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals says Leonardo Andrade´s prison term was grossly disproportionate and violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Andrade got a 50 year sentence for stealing nine videotapes from a K-Mart in San Bernardino County.