Johnson v. United States

Brief for National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Federal Defenders, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and Cato Institute as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 02/25/2015


Johnson v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 13-7120

Prior Decision

Decision below 526 Fed. Appx. 708 (8th Cir. 2013).


Despite this Court’s repeated efforts to divine a workable standard from the vague wording of ACCA’s residual clause, numerous circuit splits persist or have even deepened. The residual clause is unconstitutionally vague as to all possible predicates. ACCA’s imposition of a substantial, mandatory minimum sentence warrants heightened scrutiny. 

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David Debold, Molly Claflin, Rachel Mondl, and Laura Mumm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, DC; Ashley E. Johnson & Bradley G. Hubbard, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Dallas, TX; David M. Porter, Sacramento, CA.