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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Mistretta v. United States
Citation:488 U.S. 361, 109 S.Ct. 647, 102 L.Ed.2d 714.
The defendant was indicted in federal court on drug charges. The trial court rejected the defendant’s argument that the binding sentencing guidelines promulgated by the United States Sentencing Commission, which was created under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, were unconstitutional. He pled guilty and was sentenced to prison according to the sentencing guidelines.
He appealed, and both the defendant and the government requested Supreme Court review before rendering a decision to determine whether the mandatory sentencing guidelines were unconstitutional.
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