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Watson v. United States

Docket No.: 06-571
Certiorari Granted: Feb 26 2007
Decided: December 10, 2007

Topic:

A person does not use a fire

PartyNames: WATSON v. UNITED STATES
Petitioner: Michael A. Watson
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Michael A. Watson
v.
United States
552 U.S. 74 (2007)
Question Presented:

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A) criminalizes the "use" of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense and imposes a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least five years' imprisonment. In Bailey v. United States, 516 U.S. 137 (1995), this Court held that "use" of a firearm under § 924(c) means "active employment." Id. at 144. The question presented in this case is: Whether mere receipt of an unloaded firearm as payment for drugs constitutes "use" of the firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(l)(A) and this Court's decision in Bailey.

Question:

Does the receipt of an unloaded firearm as payment for drugs constitute "use" of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense for purposes of federal law?

Watson v. United States
ORAL ARGUMENT

October 09, 2007

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for Watson, 0 vote(s) against
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By:
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