DePierre v. United States

Docket No.
Op. Below
Argument
Feb 28, 2011
Tr.Aud.
Opinion
Vote
9-0
Author
Sotomayor
Term

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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