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February 13, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned TV evangelist Jim Bakker's 45-year prison sentence because it said the judge at his trial had displayed a personal religious bias against the defrocked founder of the PTL ministry. But the court upheld Bakker's 24-count conviction for conspiring to defraud his followers. Under federal sentencing guidelines now in effect, Bakker would have received a 10- to 12-year prison sentence for his crimes. But on Oct. 24, 1989, U.S.
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February 13, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned TV evangelist Jim Bakker's 45-year prison sentence because it said the judge at his trial had displayed a personal religious bias against the defrocked founder of the PTL ministry. But the court upheld Bakker's 24-count conviction for conspiring to defraud his followers. Under federal sentencing guidelines now in effect, Bakker would have received a 10- to 12-year prison sentence for his crimes. But on Oct. 24, 1989, U.S.
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August 21, 1994 | WILLIAM CLAIBORNE, WASHINGTON POST
In the face of increased crime and out-of-control prison costs, judges in North Carolina's criminal courts in October will begin using a simple, one-page chart of letters and numbers to dispense justice that--quite literally--makes the punishment fit the budget.
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June 29, 1993 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a potentially far-reaching political setback for blacks and Latinos, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Constitution does not permit "racial gerrymandering" for the purpose of electing minority candidates. State officials violate the guarantee of equal treatment for all when they draw electoral boundaries so as "to segregate voters into separate voting districts because of their race," said Justice Sandra Day O'Connor for the court.
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