Albernaz v. United States
United States Supreme Court
450 U.S. 333 (1981)
Albernaz (defendant) entered into an agreement to import and distribute marijuana. Albernaz was charged and convicted of violating two federal statutes: one prohibiting conspiracies to import marijuana and one prohibiting conspiracies to distribute marijuana. The trial court sentenced Albernaz to consecutive sentences for the two statutory violations. The combined sentence was longer than the maximum sentence for violation of either of the statutes individually. Albernaz appealed on the ground that the cumulative sentence violated the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment, because it sentenced him for two separate crimes resulting from the same conspiratorial agreement. The court of appeals affirmed the convictions. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)
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