High Court Gives Juries Power Over Mandatory Minimums

Law360, New York (June 17, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that any fact in a case that increases a defendant’s mandatory minimum sentence must be submitted to a jury rather than determined solely by a judge, striking down its own 2002 precedent.

The 5-4 decision in Alleyne v. United States found that mandatory minimum sentences effectively increase the penalty for any crime, such that any fact that increases a mandatory minimum is an “element” of the crime that must be submitted to a jury.

“Defining facts that increase a mandatory...
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