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Judicial Highpoints

Terry Dorsey, convicted in a Sacramento, California, Superior Court of shooting "Billy," the first police dog to die "in the line of duty," was sentenced to eleven years and eight months in state prison. This sentence was imposed in spite of the fact that the dog had first attacked Dorsey.

An Arizona man named Jay Jonas was sentenced to a 25-year term for selling one joint of marijuana to a 14-year-old youth for one dollar. He petitioned the Arizona Supreme Court for a review of his sentence, arguing that it constituted cruel and unusual punishment. The high court ruled the punishment was not excessively harsh.

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