Supreme Court strikes down mandatory life sentences in sex offender law

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court today struck down a state law allowing sex offenders to be sentenced to life in prison if they fail more than once to register, ruling 6-1 that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

The ruling came in the case of a Bulloch County man, Cedric Lavell Bradshaw, who received a mandatory life sentence after he twice failed to register following a 2001 statutory rape conviction.

The court stopped short of reversing his conviction for failing to register, and sent the case back to Bulloch County for resentencing.

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