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Hanks v. United States

Petition for rehearing denied on June 15, 2020
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-7732 11th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2019

Issues: (1) Whether 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1), which criminalizes the use of a firearm during a “crime of violence” – in this case, the federal bank-robbery statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2113 –may be violated by unintentionally intimidating a victim through verbal demands or the passing of a demand note rather than the use or threatened use of physical force, and whether the definition of the term “crime of violence” cabined in 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3)(A) is unconstitutionally vague on its face and unconstitutionally vague under the rule of lenity; and (2) whether there is currently a conflict among the U.S. courts of appeals and an ambiguity in the law regarding the federal statutory definition of the term “crime of violence,” and a conflict between the holdings of some circuits, specifically the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the Supreme Court’s previous holdings regarding the constitutional viability of the current definition of the term “crime of violence” in Section 924(c) and related federal statutes.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 11 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due March 23, 2020)
Mar 06 2020Waiver of right of respondent United States to respond filed.
Mar 12 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/27/2020.
Mar 30 2020Petition DENIED.
Apr 07 2020Petition of Jerad Hanks for rehearing not accepted for filing. (April 24, 2020)
Apr 07 2020Petition for Rehearing filed.
May 12 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/28/2020.
Jun 01 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/4/2020.
Jun 08 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/11/2020.
Jun 15 2020Rehearing DENIED.