The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that a statute doubling the statutory maximum penalty upon proof of prior conviction for a similar offense, without requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a jury, did not violate defendant's due process rights.
Commonwealth v. Aponte, 855 A.2d 800 (Pa. 2004).
Sarah J. Cottrill,
The Fact of a Prior Conviction Does Not Have to Be Proven beyond a Reasonable Doubt to a Jury to Lengthen a Sentence beyond the Statutory Maximum: Commonwealth v. Aponte,
Duq. L. Rev.
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