State v. Guidry: The Louisiana Supreme Court Keeps Jurors in the Dark on Recidivist Sentencing

Note by Jonah Seligman

In this Note, Jonah Seligman examines the Louisiana Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Guidry, 2016-1412, p. 1 (La. 3/15/17); 221 So. 3d 816, 816, in which the court held that it is impermissible for a criminal jury to be informed of the mandatory minimum sentence that a defendant may be subject to if convicted at trial and then adjudicated a recidivist and sentenced under the Habitual Offender Law.

About the Author

J.D. candidate 2019, Tulane University Law School; B.A. 2010, Brandeis University.


92 Tul. L. Rev. 955 (2018)