The Supreme Court held that sentencing a man to life imprisonment for three fraudulent offenses, involving a total of $229, did not violate the Eighth Amendment’s proscription against cruel and unusual punishments.
In 1973 William Rummel was convicted of receiving $121 under false pretenses. Twice before, Rummel had been convicted of similar crimes. Texas had a recidivist statute that required a mandatory life sentence for a person’s third felony conviction. Writing for a 5-4 majority, Justice William H. Rehnquist
In dissent, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., argued that Weems v. United States
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