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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, January 27, 2014

Opinion on enhanced penalty for distribution of heroin resulting in death

Justice Scalia wrote the opinion of the Court in Burrage v. United States, concluding that the heroin use must be the but-for cause of death or serious bodily injury, unless the use of the drug is an independently sufficient cause. Justice Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sotomayor, concurred in the judgment.

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