Ovalles v. United States

Corrected En Banc Amici Curiae Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Families Against Mandatory Minimums In Support of Petitioner-Appellant

Brief filed: 06/04/2018


Ovalles v. United States

11th Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 17-10172

Prior Decision

861 F.3d 1257 (11th Cir. June 30, 2017


Section 924(c)(3)’s plain language and Supreme Court precedent compel McGuire’s categorical approach. The rule of lenity requires application of the strict categorical approach. The categorical approach provides significant pragmatic benefits.


Douglas H. Hallward-Driemeier and Jonathan R. Ference-Burke, Ropes & Gray LLP, Washington, DC; Aaron M. Katz, Erin R. Macgowan, Daniel N. Swartz, and Nicholas A. Dube, Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston, MA; David O. Markus, NACDL, Miami, FL.

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