NACDL - Orr v. United States

Orr v. United States

Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner (on petition for a writ of certiorari).

Brief filed: 11/30/2017

Documents

Orr v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 17-6577

Prior Decision

On petition for a write of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Argument

The circuit court split thwarts the Court's rationales in adopting the categorical approach. The Court should grant review to clarify whether Congress intended the ACCA to target purse snatching and other non-violent robberies. The Court should grant review to resolve inconsistencies in applying the categorical approach. The Court should grant review to clarify the "realistic probability" analysis.

Author(s)

Elliott Schulder, Claire Catalano Dean, and Katherine J. Bies, Covington & Burling, Washington, DC; Jeffrey T. Green, NACDL, Washington, DC.