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January 21, 2009

One measure of the impact of the ACCA ruling in Chambers

As noted here, last week the Supreme Court held in Chambers that a “failure to report” for penal confinement is not a “‘violent felony’” within the terms of the Armed Career Criminal Act.  For one measure of the import of that ruling, check out today's order list fromt the Supreme Court. 

I count 27 cases that are GVR'ed today based in part on Chambers.  And if there are that many cases that already made it into the SCOTUS cert pile, there must be dozens (perhaps hundreds) more cases in the pipeline that could be impacted by Chambers.

January 21, 2009 at 01:19 PM | Permalink

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