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Argentina: The Supreme Court’s “Two-for-One” Decision: Implications for the Midterms

The Argentine Supreme Court decided on 3 May that Luis Muina (see our Personality of the Week), a former officer sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2011 for his involvement in torture and kidnapping during the country’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship, is eligible to be released. In a narrow three-two decision, the court decided that Muina’s sentence could draw upon a defunct law colloquially referred to as “two-for-one.” Implemented in 1994, the law stipulated that any prisoner held without formal conviction for two years would have any additional time spent under provisional arrest count double toward the fulfillment of his or her sentence.

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