Ocasio v. United States

Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 06/08/2015


Ocasio v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 14-361

Prior Decision

Decision below 750 F.3d 399 (4th Cir. 2014).


A Hobbs Act conspiracy charge requires proof of an agreement to obtain property from a third party. The unambiguous meaning of the text enacted by Congress delineates the outer bounds of the Hobbs Act offense. The Court should not construe the Hobbs Act to intrude upon areas traditionally reserved to state law.

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Andrew J. Pincus and Jeffrey H. Redfern, Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, DC; Jonathan Hacker, Washington, DC.