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US v. COTTON, 01-687

Omission from a federal indictment of a fact enhancing the statutory maximum sentence (here quantity of drugs) does not justify a court of appeals to vacate the enhanced sentence, even where defendant did not object in trial court; indictment defects do not deprive a court of its power to adjudicate a case.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/20/2002
  • Published 05/20/2002



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