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United States v. Cotton

Docket No.: 01-687
Certiorari Granted: Jan 4 2002
Argued: April 15, 2002
Decided: May 20, 2002

Topics:

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (or relevant rules of a circuit court), Criminal Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Fifth Amendment, Sixth Amendment, habeas, habeas corpus, harmless error, murder, probable cause, sentencing guidelines, sovereign immunity

PartyNames: United States v. Leonard Cotton, Marquette Hall, Lamont Thomas, Matilda Hall,
Petitioner: United States
Respondent: Leonard Cotton, Marquette Hall, Lamont Thomas, Matilda Hall,

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Citation: 261 F.3d 397
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket

United States
v.
Leonard Cotton, Marquette Hall, Lamont Thomas, Matilda Hall,
535 U.S. 625 (2002)
Question:

Does the omission from a federal indictment of a fact that enhances the statutory maximum sentence justify a Court of Appeals' vacating the enhanced sentence, even though the defendant did not object in the trial court?

United States v. Cotton
ORAL ARGUMENT

April 15, 2002

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for United States, 0 vote(s) against
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