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?
on Jan 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm
On January 12, in Sykes v. United States, the Court will hear oral arguments on the question whether fleeing the police in a car, after being ordered to stop, constitutes a â€œviolent felonyâ€ for purposes of the Armed Career Criminal Act, which imposes heightened sentences for such violent felonies. Douglas Berman, the William B. Saxbe Designated Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, previews the case for the American Bar Associationâ€™s PREVIEW of U.S. Supreme Court Cases; the ABA has generously agreed to share some of its previews â€“ which are authored by practitioners and scholars in the field â€“ with SCOTUSblog. You can read Professor Bermanâ€™s preview here; PREVIEWâ€™s website is here.