In May, the US Supreme Court voted 8-1 to uphold the Ressam's conviction in United States v. Ressam [LII backgrounder; JURIST report]. The Court reversed the judgment [opinion, PDF] of the Ninth Circuit, and ruled that Ressam could be convicted and sentenced under a law [18 U.S.C. § 844 text] punishing the carrying of explosives while committing a felony even if the explosives were not related to the felony offense. Justice John Paul Stevens delivered the opinion of the Court [text]. Clarence Thomas, joined by Antonin Scalia, concurred in part and concurred in the judgment, and Stephen Breyer wrote a dissent [texts].
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