Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Whether Attempted Burglary is a "Violent Felony" for ACCA Purposes

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in James v. United States, which presents the question "[w]hether the Eleventh Circuit erred by holding that all convictions in Florida for attempted burglary qualify as a violent felony under 18 U.S.C. ยง 924(e) [the Armed Career Criminal Act] . . . ." Since ACCA and other recidivist enhancement issues arise frequently in our circuit, you'll definitely want to see how this one turns out.

You can read SCOTUSblog's preview of the case here, the oral argument transcript here, and some post-argument observations from Professor Berman here.

UPDATE: SCOTUSblog has a great (if worrying) post-game wrap-up here.


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