Nos. S089120, S068743.

124 Cal.Rptr.2d 435 (2002)

29 Cal.4th 105

52 P.3d 624

The PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Greg ACOSTA, Defendant and Appellant. The People, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. David Lewis Cornelius, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

As Modified August 16, 2002.

As Modified September 11, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David H. Goodwin, under appointment by the Supreme Court, Los Angeles, for Defendant and Appellant Gregg Acosta.

Martin Nebrida Buchanan, under appointment by the Supreme Court, San Diego, for Defendant and Appellant David Lewis Cornelius.

Daniel E. Lungren and Bill Lockyer, Attorneys General, George Williamson and David P. Druliner, Chief Assistant Attorneys General, Gary W. Schons and Carol Wendelin Pollack, Assistant Attorneys General, Adrianne S. Denault, David Delgado-Rucci, Michael C. Keller, Rama R. Maline, Lance E. Winters, Jaime L. Fuster and Scott C. Taylor, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.


The "Three Strikes" law provides that for a defendant convicted of a felony who has sustained two or more qualifying prior felony convictions—commonly known as strikes—"the term for the current felony conviction shall be an indeterminate term of life imprisonment," with the "minimum term of the indeterminate sentence" being the greatest of three options. (Pen.Code, §§ 667, subd. (e...

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