NACDL - Akbar v. United States

Akbar v. United States

Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner (on Petition for Writ of Certiorari).

Brief filed: 05/09/2016

Documents

Akbar v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 15-1257

Prior Decision

Case below No. 13-7001, Crim. App. No. 20050514 (C.A.A.F., Aug. 19, 2015).

Argument

The Court should overrule Loving v. United States, which is no longer good law in light of Ring v. Arizona. Rules for Courts-Martial 1004 violates constitutional separation-of-powers principles. Only Congress may define the elements of a criminal offense. The foregoing separation-of-powers principles apply equally in the military justice system.

Author(s)

Michael A. Scodro, Clifford W. Berlow, Briana T. Sprick Schuster, Kevin J. Murphy, and William M. Strom, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, IL; Jonathan Hacker, Washington, DC.