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United States v. Jackson

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
835 F.2d 1195 (1987)


Facts

Dwight Jackson (defendant) was a career criminal, having been convicted and imprisoned for numerous armed robberies. Thirty minutes after being released from a prison as part of a “work release program,” Jackson robbed a bank. Jackson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole pursuant to 18 U.S.C. App. § 1202, which provides, in part, that anyone with three previous felony convictions for robbery who possessed a firearm shall be fined and imprisoned not less than 15 mandatory years. Jackson had previously been convicted of four armed bank robberies and one armed robbery. Jackson appealed the sentence, arguing that the statute did not authorize a life sentence.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Easterbrook, J.)

Concurrence (Posner, J.)

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