United States v. Sanders

Illinois woman pleads guilty to charges related to drug manufacturing. A 2-decade-old felony conviction for drug possession in California triggers a recidivist enhancement that would double the five-year mandatory minimum. But wait! Before sentencing, a California state court reclassified the woman’s previous conviction to a misdemeanor. So no enhancement, right? Seventh Circuit: Nice try, but reclassifying a crime doesn’t change the historical fact that you were previously convicted of a felony. Ten years it is.

Tags: 2018, Due Process, Equal Protection, Federalism, Sentencing, Seventh Circuit, Tenth Amendment

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