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H.R. 1621: Prohibiting Punishment of Acquitted Conduct Act of 2021

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Should your jail time be increased if a judge believes you probably committed another crime in addition, but were found not guilty?

Context

In 2005, Antwuan Ball was one of 18 members of the Washington D.C. gang Congress Park Crew arrested on drug charges. While Ball was convicted on the charge of cocaine distribution, he was acquitted of cocaine conspiracy.

Yet at Ball’s sentencing, District Judge Richard Roberts found that even though the evidence for the conspiracy charge may have fallen short of the legal standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt,” there was clearly a preponderance of evidence nonetheless. He cited testimony from fellow witnesses, including “What [Ball] says goes’” and “‘If something was going down, they would go to Antwuan. He was in charge.”

As a result ...

Sponsor and status

Steve Cohen

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 8, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Introduced
Mar 8, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Introduced on Mar 8, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 8, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Cosponsors

1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)

Prognosis
4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
See Instead

S. 601 (same title)
Ordered Reported — Jun 10, 2021

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History

Mar 8, 2021
 
Introduced

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H.R. 1621 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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