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BURRAGE v. UNITED STATES

Docket No.: 12-7515
Argued: November 12, 2013
Decided: January 27, 2014

Topics:

Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Civil Rights Act, Discrimination in Employment, Title VII, adverse employment action, harmless error, murder, retaliation

PartyNames: Marcus Andrew Burrage v. United States
Petitioner: Marcus Andrew Burrage
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Citation: 687 F.3d 1015
Supreme Court Docket

Marcus Andrew Burrage
v.
United States
Consideration Limited:

GRANTED LIMITED TO QUESTIONS 1 AND 2 PRESENTED BY THE PETITION.

Question Presented:

1. Whether the crime of distribution of drugs causing death under 21 U.S.C. ยง 841 is a strict liability crime, without a foreseeability or proximate cause requirement. 2. Whether a person can be convicted for distribution of heroin causing death utilizing jury instructions which allow a conviction when the heroin that was distributed "contributed to," death by "mixed drug intoxication," but was not the sole cause of death of person. 3. Whether an officer can testify that the defendant is a "known" heroin dealer because the officer couched it as necessary to explain why he put the defendant's picture in a photo lineup.

BURRAGE v. UNITED STATES
ORAL ARGUMENT

November 12, 2013

Listen to Oral Argument in BURRAGE v. UNITED STATES
Holding: REVERSED AND REMANDED
Vote: 9-0

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BURRAGE v. UNITED STATES
Case Documents

1BURRAGE v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Audio
2BURRAGE v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
3Slip Opinion in BURRAGE v. UNITED STATES (Opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia)