White Collar & Criminal Law News

Justices Skeptical of Prison Terms Without Juries (1)

Feb. 26, 2019, 5:53 PMUpdated: Feb. 26, 2019, 8:55 PM

A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court justices Feb. 26 took a skeptical view of a law that allows judges to put sex offenders on supervised release back in prison without juries finding they violated the law beyond a reasonable doubt.

That included Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh, both of whom suggested with their questioning that such a scheme violates the Constitution.

Only Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. strongly defended the status quo. After Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General Eric J. Feigin faced a barrage of questions from Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the start of his...

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