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Cunningham v. California

Docket No.: 05-6551
Certiorari Granted: Feb 21 2006
Argued: October 11, 2006
Decided: January 22, 2007

Topics:

Sixth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment

PartyNames: John Cunningham v. California
Petitioner: John Cunningham
Respondent: California

Court Below: Court of Appeal of California, First Appellate District

John Cunningham
v.
California
549 U.S. 270 (2007)
Question Presented:

Whether California's Determinate Sentencing Law, by permitting sentencing judges to impose enhanced sentences based on their determination of facts not found by the jury or admitted by the defendant, violates the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Question:

Does California's Determinate Sentencing Law violate the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial by permitting judges to impose enhanced sentences based on their determination of facts not found by the jury or admitted by the defendant?

Holding: judgment reversed in part and
Vote: 6-3
Opinion By:
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