SCOTUScast 7-19-09 featuring Peter Jaffe
Abuelhawa v. United States
July 19, 2009Peter Jaffe
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SCOTUScast 7-19-09 featuring Peter Jaffe - MP3
Running Time: 00:10:40
On Tuesday, May 26, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Abuelhawa v. United States. In this case, the Supreme Court considered whether, under the Controlled Substances Act, someone who uses a telephone to make a misdemeanor drug purchase is guilty of the felony crime of facilitating felony drug distribution. In a unanimous decision delivered by Justice Souter, the Court held that using a telephone to make a misdemeanor drug purchase does not facilitate felony drug distribution within the meaning of the statute, reversing the Fourth Circuit opinion below. Peter Jaffe discusses the decision.
Oral Argument - March 4, 2009:
Decision - May 26, 2009: