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DC – COURTS – Supreme Court rules ‘crime of violence’ law is unconstitutionally vague

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law requiring longer prison sentences for using a gun during a “crime of violence” is unconstitutionally vague. The court voted 5-4 stating the law “provides no reliable way” to determine which offenses qualify as crimes of violence. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion on behalf of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The case presented to the Supreme Court involved two men — Maurice Davis and Andre Glover — who were convicted of several robbery charges and another federal statute that required increased mandatory minimum sentences for a “crime of violence.”  [full article]

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