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December 17, 1998 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
According to federal sentencing guidelines, Alexander Leviner could have received four to six years in prison for possessing a gun and 14 rounds of ammunition. Instead, in a decision that may have national implications, U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner of Boston handed Leviner a reduced sentence of just 2 1/2 years, citing her belief that his lengthy arrest record could be traced to police officers' habit of stopping black drivers more often than white drivers.
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December 17, 1998 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
According to federal sentencing guidelines, Alexander Leviner could have received four to six years in prison for possessing a gun and 14 rounds of ammunition. Instead, in a decision that may have national implications, U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner of Boston handed Leviner a reduced sentence of just 2 1/2 years, citing her belief that his lengthy arrest record could be traced to police officers' habit of stopping black drivers more often than white drivers.
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