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Jones v. United States

Petition for certiorari denied on March 20, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
15-8629 3d Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2016

Issue: (1) Whether Johnson v. United States announced a new substantive rule of constitutional law that applies retroactively on collateral review to challenges of sentences imposed under the residual clause in United States Sentencing Guidelines career offender provision, U.S.S.G. § 4B1.2(a)(2); (2) whether Johnson's constitutional holding applies to U.S.S.G. § 4B1.2(a)(2)'s identical residual clause thus rendering that provision void; and (3) whether Petitioner's Pennsylvania conviction for robbery by force however slight is a “crime of violence” because it is listed in the commentary to U.S.S.G. § 4B1.2, even though it does not interpret and conflicts with the text of the guideline, after Johnson.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Mar 18 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due April 21, 2016)
Apr 18 2016Order extending time to file response to petition to and including May 23, 2016.
Apr 21 2016Brief amici curiae of Federal Public and Community Defenders, et al. filed.
May 13 2016Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed.
May 18 2016Letter dated May 18, 2016, received from counsel for petitioner waiving the 14-day waiting period for the filing of a reply brief pursuant to Rule 15.5.
May 18 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 2, 2016.
May 23 2016Reply of petitioner Alfrederick Jones filed. (Distributed)
May 26 2016Supplemental brief of petitioner Alfrederick Jones filed. (Distributed)
Jun 6 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 9, 2016.
Jun 8 2016Second supplemental brief of petitioner Alfrederick Jones filed. (Distributed)
Jun 13 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 16, 2016.
Jun 20 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 23, 2016.
Mar 13 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of March 17, 2017.
Mar 20 2017Petition DENIED.
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