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U.S. Supreme Court debates Armed Career Criminal Act

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are pondering whether the Armed Career Criminal Act applies to a felon in possession of a firearm even after the penalty for one of the defendant’s triggering “serious drug offense” crimes has been reduced. And the answer, to quote former President Bill Clinton, “depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

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09-CR-71 U.S. v. Bradford

Sentencing ACCA; short-barreled shotguns Possession of a short-barreled shotgun is not a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act. “Post-Begay, courts should draw a distinction between ‘active’ and ‘passive’ crimes to determine whether they involve violent and aggressive conduct. ...

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