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WSLG162 – The Supreme Court Allows More Lenient Penalties in Certain Federal Crack Cocaine Cases – 8/15/2012

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Author: Brian T. Yeh

Pages: 2

On June 21, 2012, the Supreme Court decided Dorsey v. United States, a 5-4 opinion that answered the following question in the affirmative: Do the new, more lenient mandatory minimum penalties for crack cocaine offenses as provided by the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA) apply to defendants whose unlawful conduct occurred before the FSA?s effective date (August 3, 2010) but were sentenced after that date? The Supreme Court?s opinion resolves a circuit split among the courts of appeals on this question.

 

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