Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

On Wednesday the court hears oral argument in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corporation. Daniel Bussel has our preview.

Burgess v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
06-11429 4th Cir. Mar 24, 2008
Apr 16, 2008 TBD Ginsburg OT 2007

Issue: 1. Whether the term "felony drug offense" as used in federal statutes requiring imposition of enhanced mandatory minimum 20 years' imprisonment when drug offender has a prior conviction for a felony drug offense must be read in pari materia with federal statutes defining both felony and felony drug offense so as to require imposition of minimum 20-year sentence only if prior drug conviction as both punishable by more than one year in prison and characterized as a felony by controlling law; 2. When the court finds that a criminal statute is ambiguous, must it then turn to the rule of lenity to resolve ambiguity?

Judgment: Affirmed, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on April 16, 2008.

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