What does Apprendi mean for purposes of Sentencing


In the historic decision in Apprendi v. New Jersey, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial means that any fact that leads to a sentence longer than the maximum spelled out in law must be found to exist by the jury. The standard by which a jury must conclude that such a fact exists is the same as that used to determine guilt…beyond a reasonable doubt. The court stated, “Other than the fact of a prior conviction, any fact that increases the penalty for a crime beyond the prescribed statutory maximum must be submitted to a jury and proved beyond a reasonable doubt.”


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