|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Oct 6, 2009
||Mar 2, 2010||7-2||Scalia||OT 2009|
Holding: Federal gun laws require an enhanced sentence for defendant who have previously been convicted of a violent felony. The Court held that the defendant's prior conviction for battery in Florida did not count as a violent felony because under Florida law, although battery involves physical contact, the prosecution is not required to prove any use of physical force.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia on March 2, 2010. Justice Alito dissented, joined by Justice Thomas.
As a lawyer, Leondra Kruger argued 12 cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. As a California Supreme Court justice, she has a liberal-leaning record but has sometimes voted with more conservative colleagues in divided cases. Here's @AHoweBlogger's profile:
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Sonia Sotomayor appeared this morning on @TODAYshow to promote her new children's book, "Just Help!: How to Build a Better World." She spoke briefly about the public's perception of the court. Here's the interview: https://www.today.com/video/justice-sotomayor-on-new-book-supreme-court-s-credibility-loss-of-her-mother-131639365722