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Pardons and Civil Rights Restoration:
Caron v. United States

Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
Subjects: Pardons; Civil Rights; Armed Career Criminal Act

Argued: April 21, 1998

Decided: June 22, 1998
Vote: 6-3
At Issue: If a pardoned felon who is allowed to carry certain types of firearms is prosecuted as a felon-in-possession, is that person protected under exemptions in gun laws and the Armed Career Criminal Act?

Decision: The justices voted to affirm the appeals court decision, which stated that even though some of the petitioner's rights had been restored, his sentence must take into account his previous offenses.

Read the full text of the Caron v. United States decision at the Findlaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Listen to the Caron v. United States oral argument in RealAudio at the Oyez Oyez Oyez Web site.

Read the full text of the 1996 lower court case, United States v. Caron, at the U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit Web site.

Look at the pertinent civil rights provision in the U.S. Code (42 U.S.C. 1983) at the U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library Web site.

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)



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