Mistretta v. United States

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Mistretta v. United States 488 U.S. 361 (1989), was a Supreme Court case involving the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984.[1]

In writing for the opinion of the court, Justice Harry Blackmun re-affirmed the findings and precedent set in the case J. W. Hampton, Jr. & Co. v. United States:

Applying this "intelligible principle" test to congressional delegations, our jurisprudence has been driven by a practical understanding that, in our increasingly complex society, replete with ever-changing and more technical problems, Congress simply cannot do its job absent an ability to delegate power under broad general directives.

See also


  1. Supreme Court Term Review

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