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TAPIA v. UNITED STATES

Docket No.: 10-5400
Certiorari Granted: 12/10/10
Argued: April 18, 2011
Decided: 06/16/11

Topics:

abuse of discretion, harmless error

PartyNames: Alejandra Tapia v. United States
Petitioner: Alejandra Tapia
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Citation: 376 Fed. Appx. 707

Alejandra Tapia
v.
United States
Question Presented:

May a district court give a defendant a longer prison sentence to promote rehabilitation, as the Eighth and Ninth Circuits have held, or is such a factor prohibited, as the Second, Third, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits have held?

Question:

Can a district court give a defendant a longer prison sentence to promote rehabilitation?

TAPIA v. UNITED STATES
ORAL ARGUMENT

04/18/11

Listen to Oral Argument in TAPIA v. UNITED STATES
Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By:

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TAPIA v. UNITED STATES
Case Documents

1TAPIA v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
2TAPIA v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Audio
3TAPIA v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
4Opinion in TAPIA v. UNITED STATES
5TAPIA v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Audio (April 18, 2011)
6TAPIA v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
Additional documents for this case are pending review.