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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

The Associated Press: Court limits 30-year term for machine gun use

The Associated Press: Court limits 30-year term for machine gun use: "Supreme Court has ruled that a minimum 30-year prison term for crimes involving a machine gun may not be imposed unless a jury specifically convicts a defendant of using a machine gun.
The court on Monday unanimously upheld a federal appeals court ruling that had been challenged by the government. The decision came in the case of Martin O'Brien and Arthur Burgess, who were charged in connection with a failed robbery of an armored car carrying $2 million in the Boston area in 2005.
O'Brien and Burgess were indicted on several counts, including carrying a machine gun in the commission of a crime. Federal prosecutors dismissed the machine gun count because they believed they could not prove it to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt."



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