DePierre v. United States
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Feb 28, 2011
|Jun 9, 2011||9-0||Sotomayor||OT 2010|
Holding: For purposes of a statute establishing mandatory minimum sentences for certain offenses involving cocaine base, the term cocaine base includes all cocaine in its chemically basic form, not just crack cocaine.
Plain English Holding: A federal sentencing statute requiring high mandatory minimum sentences for certain offenses involving cocaine base applies to all kinds of cocaine, not just crack cocaine.
Judgment: Affirmed, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor on June 9, 2011. Justice Scalia did not join Part III-A of the opinion; he also filed a separate opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment.
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Briefs and Documents
- Brief for Petitioner Frantz DePierre
- Brief for Respondent United States of America
- Reply Brief of Petitioner
- Brief for Individual Physicians and Scientists and Robert Booth, Ph.D, et al. in Support of Petitioner