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Supreme Court Takes on Career Criminal Act, Again (1)

April 2, 2018, 1:39 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed April 2 to hear a case that asks whether robbery is a “violent felony” under the much-litigated Armed Career Criminal Act.

The act has become a fixture at the high court in recent years, notably its 2015 decision in Johnson v. United States, which found part of the act unconstitutionally vague.

The act imposes minimum 15-year prison sentences for firearms offenders who have three or more prior violent felony or serious drug convictions.

Several convicts, mostly with prior Florida convictions, had petitioned the high court to argue their sentences shouldn’t be enhanced under the...

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