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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Apprendi v. New Jersey
Citation:530 U.S. 466 (2000)
Apprendi (Petitioner) pleaded guilty to the charges against him in New Jersey trial court, which included multiple counts of unlawful possession of firearms. In his plea, Apprendi pleaded guilty to a second-degree offense, which allowed for a prison term of 5 to 10 years. At sentencing, the trial judge applied a hate crime sentencing enhancement. The judge sentenced him to a 12-year term of imprisonment, along with shorter concurrent sentences on other counts. On appeal, Apprendi argued that the sentencing enhancement should have been required to be proved to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.
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