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Court to hear sentencing case

When an element of the offense is whether a firearm is a machine gun – resulting in a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years – may a judge find the fact by a preponderance of the evidence or must it ...

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CRIMINAL LAW

Does a federal statute imposing a mandatory 10-year sentence for discharging a firearm during commission of a violent felony applies even where the gun went off accidentally? U.S. Supreme Court. Dean V. U.S. , No. 08-5274. Certiorari granted Nov. 14, ...

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Justices rule in domestic violence case

The Federal Gun Control Act may be applied to a defendant convicted of a misdemeanor violent offense against domestic partner, even though the presence of a domestic relationship was not a predicate of the underlying offense, the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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