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Bank robbery wasn’t a ‘necessity’

8th Circuit upholds conviction

Faced with the choice of living in prison or on the streets, James Richard Cook says he had to choose prison. Then he tried to use that choice to stay out of prison. A federal judge, however, refused to allow Cook's necessity defense. Cook was convicted and sentenced to more than six years in prison. On Thursday, ...