Washington • The Supreme Court says defendants have to know in advance that their accomplices would use or carry a gun while committing a crime in order to be convicted under federal gun laws.
The justices ruled Wednesday that the jury instructions given in Justus C. Rosemond's conviction were incorrect. Rosemond was one of five people participating in a drug deal gone bad in Tooele, Utah, in Aug. 2007.
During the incident, nine or 10 shots were fired and a car chase ensued. It was not clear who fired the weapon.