Supreme Court approves upholds minimum sentences in gun cases

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Abbot v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder] that, in construing a federal statute imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking crimes committed with guns, the minimum sentence contained in the statute applies unless another statute imposes a longer minimum sentence for the weapons charge. Defendants argued that their respective 15- and 20-year prison sentences were not dictated by 18 USC 924(c) [text],…

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