Taylor v. United States (2016)
|Taylor v. United States|
|Argued February 23, 2016|
Decided June 20, 2016
|Full case name||David Anthony Taylor, Petitioner v. United States|
|Citations||579 U.S. ___ (more)|
136 S. Ct. 2074; 195 L. Ed. 2d 456
|Opinion announcement||Opinion announcement|
|Prior||United States v. Taylor, 754 F.3d 217 (4th Cir. 2014)|
|In a federal criminal prosecution under the Hobbs Act, the government is not required to prove an interstate commerce element beyond a reasonable doubt.|
|Majority||Alito, joined by Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan|
Taylor v. United States, 579 U.S. ___ (2016), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that in a federal criminal prosecution under the Hobbs Act, the government is not required to prove an interstate commerce element beyond a reasonable doubt. The Court relied on the decision in Gonzales v. Raich which held that Congress has the authority to regulate the marijuana market given that even local activities can have a "substantial effect" on interstate commerce.
David Anthony Taylor performed two home-invasion robberies with the intent of stealing from two perceived marijuana dealers in Roanoke, Virginia. When initially tried in federal court, the jury deadlocked because of arguments that the marijuana in question was grown and intended for use within Virginia. Taylor was then retried where the judge precluded that line of argument and convicted. The high court upheld that conviction.
Opinion of the Court
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