Sykes v. United States
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Jan 12, 2011
|Jun 9, 2011||6-3||Kennedy||OT 2010|
Holding: Using a vehicle while knowingly or intentionally fleeing from a law enforcement officer after being ordered to stop constitutes a â€œviolent felony,â€ as proscribed by Indiana law, for purposes of the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U.S.C. Â§ 924(e).
Judgment: Affirmed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy on June 9, 2011. Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion. Justice Kagan also filed a dissenting opinion, which Justice Ginsburg joined.
- Thursday's opinions in Plain English
- January's arguments: In Plain English
- Argument recap: Court debates which words matter most for applying the Armed Career Criminal Act
- Argument preview: Does fleeing the police in a car qualify as a violent felony to trigger the severe federal sentencing provisions of the Armed Career Criminal Act?
Briefs and Documents
- Brief for Petitioner Marcus Sykes
- Brief for Respondent United States of America
- Reply Brief for Petitioner Marcus Sykes