In first decision, court weighs in on mandatory minimum sentences

, The National Law Journal

In Abbot v. U.S. and Gould v. U.S., the unanimous Court on Monday, said a defendant is not spared from a separate, consecutive sentence for the gun use even if he or she faces a higher, mandatory minimum sentence for a different count of the conviction. The justices also added two cases to their criminal docket, one involving the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule and another concerning the application of the federal murder statute.

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