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Tapia v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-5400 Ninth Cir. Apr 18, 2011
Tr.Aud.
Jun 16, 2011 9-0 Kagan OT 2010

Holding: 18 U.S.C. § 3582(a) does not permit a sentencing court to impose or lengthen a prison term to foster a defendant's rehabilitation.

Judgment: Ninth Circuit reversed, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Elena Kagan on June 16, 2011. Justice Sotomayor filed a concurring opinion, which was joined by Justice Alito.

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