Shakbazyan v. United States

Petition for certiorari denied on June 5, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-929 5th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2016

Issues: (1) Whether a criminal defendant's constitutional right against ex post facto punishment is compromised when a United States Sentencing Statute is amended resulting in an increased punishment, with the effective date of the amendment both pre-dating and post-dating the underlying substantive criminal conduct charged in a criminal indictment; and (2) whether district courts should be bound by the “one-book” rule pursuant to United States Sentencing Guidelines §1B1.11, or whether a two-book rule should be adopted so as to not impose a sentence that runs afoul to the United States Constitution and its ex post facto clause, or whether, in the alternative, district courts should apply pre-amendment guidelines to all counts so as to avoid violating the ex post facto clause.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Jan 24 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due February 27, 2017)
Feb 23 2017Order extending time to file response to petition to and including March 29, 2017.
Mar 22 2017Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including April 28, 2017.
Apr 28 2017Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed.
May 16 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 1, 2017.
Jun 5 2017Petition DENIED.
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