United States v. Booker
United States Supreme Court
543 U.S. 220 (2005)
Booker (defendant) was convicted by a jury of drug possession with intent to distribute in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). Under the statute, the conviction carries a penalty of ten years to life. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Guidelines), Booker should have been sentenced to somewhere between 210 and 262 months. Instead, after a post-trial hearing in which the judge found by a preponderance of the evidence that Booker possessed more drugs and was guilty of obstruction, Booker was sentenced to 30 years. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider whether the judge’s application of the Guidelines ran afoul of the Sixth Amendment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)
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