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U.S. Supreme Court Rulings on “Crime of Violence,” Trial by Jury, and Warrantless Blood Draws

By July 1, 2019 No Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued several rulings related to criminal defense and criminal law recently, as its term ended on June 27. On June 24, the court “struck down part of a 1980s-era crime law that adds longer prison terms for offenders who carried a gun during a ‘crime of violence,'” reports the Los Angeles times. The majority found the law to be unconstitutionally vague. On June 26, “the constitutional right to trial by jury won a significant victory” when the court ruled that a judge couldn’t given an offender more prison time for an alleged offense while on supervised release, reports Slate. And on June 27, the court “ruled that police may, without a warrant, order blood drawn from an unconscious person suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol,” reports NPR. That decision “conflicts with previous court rulings in which the justices ruled that a blood draw is a significant bodily intrusion into a person’s privacy and that there are less intrusive ways of enforcing drunken driving laws against unconscious motorists.”