Samuel Ford v. U.S: SCOTUS applies Burrage to vacate a life sentence
In its 2/24/14 list of orders, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily disposed of three criminal cases. One of them was Samuel Ford v. United States. Ford was convicted of selling heroin which caused the death of a man named Joseph Scolaro. Since Ford had a prior felony drug conviction, the mandatory minimum sentence under 841(b)(1)(C) was life in prison. Without further briefing or argument, the Supreme Court granted cert, applied the rule announced in Burrage v. U.S. and vacated the conviction.