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US v. Sirois, 17-1797

Affirmed that a defendant who had violated the conditions of his supervised release by possessing illegal drugs could be re-imprisoned notwithstanding his argument that his drug addiction was a disease. According to the defendant, sentencing him to a new term of imprisonment for manifesting a condition of his disease constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment. However, the First Circuit found no support in its precedent for his argument, emphasizing that he had violated the terms of his supervised release by failing three drug tests and being convicted of a state law charge of felony drug possession.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/06


  • Kayatta


  • United States First Circuit