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Question presented: To trigger deportability under 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(B)(i), must the government prove the connection between a drug paraphernalia conviction and a substance listed in section 802 of the Controlled Substances Act? Lower court opinion: Mellouli v. Holder, 719 F.3d 995 (8th Cir. 2013). Docket Scotusblog page This case will be of interest primarily to lawyers handling immigration… Read More

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Question presented: Whether 18 U.S.C. § 2113(e), which provides a minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for a bank robber who forces another person “to accompany him” during the robbery or while in flight, requires proof of more than a de minimis movement of the victim. Lower court… Read More

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Questions presented Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, 538 U.S. 343 (2003), conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant’s subjective intent to threaten, as required by the Ninth Circuit and the supreme courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont; or whether it is enough to show that a… Read More

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Question presented: Whether Mr. Yates was deprived of fair notice that destruction of fish would fall within the purview of 18 U.S.C. § 1519, where the term “tangible object” is ambiguous and undefined in the statute, and unlike the nouns accompanying “tangible object” in section 1519, possesses no record-keeping, documentary, or informational content or purpose… Read More

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Question presented: Whether a police officer’s mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion that the Fourth Amendment requires to justify a traffic stop. Lower court opinion: State v. Heien, 737 S.E.2d 351 (N.C. 2012) Docket Scotusblog page Heien was stopped because one of the two brake lights didn’t illuminate when his car slowed down. But… Read More

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Question presented: Whether mere possession of a short-barreled shotgun should be treated as a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act? Lower court opinion: United States v. Johnson, No. 12-3123, 2013 WL 3924343 (8th Cir. 2013) (per curiam) (unpublished) Docket Scotusblog page Of interest to federal practitioners, this case will resolve a split between… Read More

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Question Presented:  Did the Fifth Circuit err in holding that a federal habeas petitioner who prevailed in the district court on an ineffective assistance of counsel claim must file a separate notice of appeal and motion for a certificate of appealability to raise an allegation of deficient performance that the district court rejected even though the Fifth Circuit… Read More

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David L. Riley v. California, USSC 13-132 Question presented: Whether evidence admitted at petitioner’s trial was obtained in a search of petitioner’s cell phone that violated petitioner’s Fourth Amendment rights. Lower court opinion: People v. Riley, No. D059840 (Cal. App. 4th Dist., Feb. 8, 2013) (unpublished) Docket Scotusblog page United States v. Brima Wurie, USSC… Read More

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