U.S. Supreme Court Favors Jury Over Judges In Mandatory Minimum Sentences

by Paul Siciliano

I am not a superman, so I won't be able to analyze all the interesting (interesting to me) Supreme Court decisions published today in one day.

For me, this case, Alleyne v. United States, is more interesting than the Arizona voter one which really involved federal pre-emption of state law.  In this matter, the Supreme Court found that any factor which increases the mandatory minimum sentence for a criminal defendant must be determined by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.  It's always fun to have Thomas siding with the four more liberal justices.  It's also fun as Breyer tries to explain his change of heart from a similar case 11 years ago.   

The practical effects of the case is negligible but I still like it.  My analysis is here