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Supreme Court Orders Judges To Stay Away From Fact Finding Regarding Mandatory Minimums
Supreme Court Orders Judges To Stay Away From Fact Finding Regarding Mandatory Minimums

The Supreme Court issued an important criminal decision this week, Alleyne v. United States, when it said that a jury should have the final say on what triggers mandatory minimum sentences in criminal cases. The Court voted in a 5-4 decision to overturn the sentencing ...

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Blog posts in June, 2013

  • Silence speaks volumes: Supreme Court issues ruling in Salinas v. Texas

    By Jay Perry The Supreme Court issued a ruling today, in Salinas v. Texas , a case discussed earlier here . The decision, a 5-4 ruling held that a ...

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  • Supreme Court Says It’s Unconstitutional To Use New And Harsher Sentencing Guidelines For Old Cases

    On Monday a closely divided Supreme Court issued another important criminal law decision on 5-4 lines. This time the Court held that the Constitution ...

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  • New Law Requires Ignition Interlock Devices After Tennessee DUI Convictions

    A new law signed by Governor Haslam will require first-time DUI offenders to install an Ignition Interlock Device in order to drive on a restricted ...

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  • Supreme Court Supports Defendants Seeking To Raise Ineffective Assistance Of Counsel Claims

    In a recent 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided Trevina v. Thaler to extend a ruling it made last year which allowed prisoners to challenge their ...

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  • Supreme Court Issues Important Decision Regarding DNA Collection

    A divided Supreme Court issued an important opinion today, Maryland v. King , saying that police are allowed to routinely take DNA from those suspects ...

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  • Problems Raised By NTSB Blood Alcohol Recommendation

    The National Transportation Safety Board recently issued a new recommendation that asks all states to agree to lower the legal threshold for ...

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