Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Elizabeth B. Prelogar , Acting Solicitor General, Counsel of Record, Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent.
Justice THOMAS delivered the opinion of the Court.
In 1986, Congress established mandatory-minimum penalties for cocaine offenses. If the quantity of cocaine involved in an offense exceeded a minimum threshold, then courts were required to impose a heightened sentence. Congress set the quantity thresholds far lower for crack offenses than for powder...
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