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In Cunningham v. California, the United States Supreme Court voted 6-3 to invalidate California's determinate sentencing law ("DSL") as violative of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. The Court held that, notwithstanding the California Supreme Court's determination to the contrary, the DSL conflicted with prior Supreme Court precedent "by placing sentence-elevating factfinding within the judge's province," thereby "violat[ing] a defendant's right to trial by jury safeguarded by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments."
Christopher P. Raab, Cunningham v. California, 3 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy Sidebar 85-95 (2007)