High Court Precedents Safe Despite Alito's Dire Warning

Law360, New York (June 17, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito sharply criticized his fellow justices Monday for striking down a 2002 precedent limiting the role of juries in sentencing, but legal experts disputed his claim that the ruling would put other landmark decisions in jeopardy.

In a 5-4 ruling in Alleyne v. U.S., the court found that any fact in a case that increases a defendant’s mandatory minimum sentence must be submitted to a jury. The decision overturned a 2002 ruling in Harris v. U.S. that had allowed judges to...
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