William Rummel : A Life Prison Under The Texas Recidivist Statute
731 Words Jan 19th, 2016 3 Pages
Rummel attempted to appeal his sentence, yet it was turned down. He later attempted to petition for a writ of habeas corpus, claiming that a life sentence was not proportionate to the crimes he committed, which totaled only less than two hundred and thirty dollars. In this way, his sentencing would have violated the eighth and fourteenth amendment. The eighth amendment states that the federal government cannot inflict cruel or unusual punishment, while the fourteenth amendment claims that all citizens have equal protection under the law.
After his appeals were denied, a fifth circuit court expressed that Rummel was entitled to a writ habeas corpus due to the actions of his defense lawyer. Rummel’s…