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North Carolina v. Pearce
Citation:395 U.S. 711, 89 S.Ct. 2072, 23 L.Ed.2d 656.
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In one case, the defendant was convicted and sentenced to a prison term of 12 to 15 years. Several years later, his conviction was reversed. He was retried, convicted, and sentenced to an a longer total sentence than that originally imposed.
In the second case, the defendant pleaded guilty to four separate charges and was sentenced to ten years. Two and a half years later, the judgments were set aside. He was retried upon three of the charges, convicted, and sentenced to prison terms aggregating 25 years.
The defendants appealed, arguing that the longer sentences were unconstitutional.
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