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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
Rehaif v. United States
Citation:139 S.Ct. 2191 (2019)
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Hamid Rehaif (Defendant) entered the U.S. on a nonimmigrant student visa to attend university. After he was dismissed for poor grades, he declined to leave the country and visited a firing range for target practice. He was prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) for possessing firearms as an alien unlawfully in the U.S. The judge instructed the jury that it did not need to find that Rehaif knew that he was in the country unlawfully at the time he fired the guns. The jury returned a guilty verdict, and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
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