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Johnson v. United States
Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of Petitioner.
Argument: Under the Rule of Lenity, ambiguities in the prohibitions imposed by criminal statutes are construed in favor of the defendant to foster fairness and uniformity in the administration of the criminal justice system. The Rule of Lenity precludes application of the physical force element of the ACCA to the conduct – battery involving de minimis physical conduct – in this case.