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March 15, 2006

Eighth Circuit en banc on DWI as violent felonies

In a lengthy en banc opinion, the Eighth Circuit today in US v. McCall, No. 04-1143 (8th Cir. Mar. 16, 2006) (available here), addresses whether and when DWI can qualify as "violent felony" for purposes of § 924(e)(2)(B)(ii).  Here is the description of the McCall ruling from the Eighth Circuit's official opinion page:

A Missouri felony driving while intoxicated conviction is a conviction for a violent felony for the "otherwise involves" provision of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 924(e)(2)(B)(ii); however, because the Missouri felony driving while intoxicated offense includes non-driving conduct as well, the case must be remanded for further sentencing proceedings at which the government may seek to prove that defendant's prior convictions were driving offenses, using the limited universe of evidence permitted in Taylor v. United States, 495 U.S. 575 (1990) and Shepard v. United States, 125 S. Ct 1254 (2005). Judge Lay, dissenting, joined by Judge Wollman and Judge Bye.

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