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Court Rules in Gun Case
2 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court unanimously refused on Monday to broaden the impact of a law that adds extra prison time to the sentences of drug traffickers who use a gun in carrying out their crimes.
In a 9-0 decision, the court said the tough anti-crime provision does not apply to traffickers who trade drugs for guns.
The court overturned the gun-related conviction of Michael A. Watson of Ascension Parish, La., who told a man who turned out to be a government informant that Watson wanted a weapon for self-protection and was willing to trade illegal drugs for it.
The issue in the case was whether receiving a gun in exchange for drugs constitutes "use" of the gun under federal law.