7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: United States of America v. Andrew McHaney
Case No.: 20-1690
Officials: ROVNER, HAMILTON, and SCUDDER, Circuit Judges.
Focus: Statutory Interpretation – Hobbs Act
Andrew McHaney is not the first defendant to try to persuade this court that Hobbs Act robbery is not a crime of violence as defined under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). And despite our growing, unequivocal precedent to the contrary, we suspect he will not be the last, as defendants who are subject to the § 924(c) enhancement face significantly increased sentences. Unless the Supreme Court instructs otherwise, however, these attempts will be in vain. This court has declared several times that Hobbs Act robbery meets the definition of a crime of violence under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) and thus is a qualifying predicate crime under the statute. We see no cause to alter that precedent.