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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 29, 2022
Length: 4 pages
Introduced
Mar 8, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 28, 2022

This bill passed in the House on March 28, 2022 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.

Cosponsors

4 Cosponsors (2 Democrats, 2 Republicans)

Prognosis
10% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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Position statements

What legislators are saying

the daily leader: monday, march 28, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Mar 27, 2022

the weekly leader: friday, march 25, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Mar 25, 2022

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 1621 will add $19 million in new spending through 2031.

History

Mar 8, 2021
 
Introduced

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Nov 17, 2021
 
Ordered Reported

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Mar 25, 2022
 
Text Published

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Mar 28, 2022
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Mar 28, 2022
 
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Passed Senate

 
Signed by the President

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

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