Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Pepper v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-6822 8th Cir. Dec 6, 2010
Tr.Aud.
Mar 2, 2011 6-2 Sotomayor OT 2010

Holding: When a defendant's sentence has been set aside on appeal, a district court at re-sentencing may consider evidence of the defendant's rehabilitation after the initial sentences and that evidence may in appropriate cases, support a downward variance from the sentencing guidelines. (Kagan, J., recused).

Plain English Holding: When a defendant's sentence has been set aside on appeal, a district court at re-sentencing may consider evidence of the defendant's rehabilitation after the initial sentences, and that evidence may in appropriate cases support a downward variance from the sentencing guidelines. (Kagan, J., recused)

Judgment: The Court vacates in part, affirms in part, and remands the case to the 8th Circuit., 6-2, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor on March 2, 2011.

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