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Dean v. United States

Docket No.: 08-5274
Certiorari Granted: Nov 14 2008
Argued: March 4, 2009
Decided: April 29, 2009

PartyNames: Christopher Michael Dean v. United States
Petitioner: Christopher Michael Dean
Respondent: United States

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

Christopher Michael Dean
v.
United States
Question Presented:

Whether 18 U.S.G. ยง 924(c)(I)(A)(iii), establishing a ten-year mandatory minimum sentence for a defendant who "discharge[s]" a firearm during a crime of violence, requires proof that the discharge was volitional, and not merely accidental, unintentional, or involuntary.

Question:

Does 18 U.S.C. Section 924(c)(1)(A)(iii) require proof that the discharge of a firearm was intentional?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 7-2
Read DEAN V. UNITED STATES opinion (PDF)
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