Jury's Role In Sentencing To Get Supreme Court Review

Law360, New York (October 5, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case that aims to reverse a decade-old precedent allowing judges, rather than juries, to rule on facts that increase a criminal defendant’s sentence beyond a certain minimum.

The court granted a May 14 petition for writ of certiorari in Alleyne v. United States, which calls into question the Supreme Court's 2002 ruling in Harris v. United States. In Harris, the court said facts that could raise a sentence above a minimum threshold do not have to be...
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