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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
United States v. Batchelder
Citation:442 U.S. 114 (1979)
The Omnibus Crime Conduct and Safe Streets Act (Omnibus Act) contained two overlapping provisions both of which prohibited convicted felons from receiving firearms. Each provision authorized different maximum penalties. Respondent was found guilty of violating the Act and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, pursuant to one of those two provisions. The other provision, however, which prohibited the same conduct, carried a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment.
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