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State Supreme Court Looks Into Youth Crime Proposition

The Supreme Court heard arguments in Los Angeles today on whether to overturn the Proposition 21 voter initiative that made a sweeping overhaul of the state justice system.

In a hour of arguments, the justices looked mainly at two questions: whether the measure contains too many unrelated issues and whether it violates the state constitution´s separation of powers.

The case, which will be decided in 90 days, could affect thousands of youngsters. But specifically, it involves five San Diego youths accused of beating up eight Mexican farm workers at a migrant camp last summer.

On the single-subject issues, opponents argued that voters were misled into believing that Proposition 21 was simply a measure to toughen juvenile crime laws when it actually was a stealth amendment on the three strikes law.