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Harris v. United States

Brief Fact Summary. Gun and narcotics dealer was given a higher sentence for brandishing a gun.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. McMillan is “limit[ed] . . . to cases that do not involve the imposition of a sentence more severe than the statutory maximum for the offense established by the jury’s verdict.”

Points of Law - Legal Principles in this Case for Law Students.

Within the range authorized by the jury's verdict, however, the political system may channel judicial discretion—and rely upon judicial expertise—by requiring defendants to serve minimum terms after judges make certain factual findings.

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Facts. Petitioner Harris sold narcotics out of his pawnshop, while wearing an unconcealed firearm. Under 18 U.S.C. Section: 924 (c)(1)(A), he was sentenced to seven years for “brandishing” his firearm. Petitioner argued that this was a statutory offence separate from the crime on which he had been convicted, and had to be proved under Apprendi.

Issue. “Whether [the] McMillan [case, which ‘sustained a statute that increased the minimum penalty for a crime.

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