Stokeling v. United States

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

Brief filed: 06/18/2018


Stokeling v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 17-5554

Prior Decision

684 Fed.Appx. 870 (11th Cir. Apr. 6, 2017


The Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) applies only to violent robberies. Because the use of violent force is not an element of robbery under Florida law, Florida robbery is not a “violent felony” under the ACCA. The Act’s legislative history, like its text, reflects Congress’s intent to target only violent robbery in ACCA. The government’s proposed focus on whether the facts of particular cases present some potential risk of slight injury would impermissibly expand the reach of the Elements Clause beyond its text. 


Hyland Hunt and Ruthanne M. Deutsch, Deutsch Hunt PLLC, Washington, DC; Jonathan D. Hacker and Deanna M. Rice, NACDL, Washington DC

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