|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|14-8358||2d Cir.||Nov 3, 2015||Mar 1, 2016||6-2||Sotomayor||OT 2015|
Holding: A state-court conviction for first-degree sexual abuse involving the defendant’s adult girlfriend triggers the ten-year mandatory minimum sentence of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(b)(2), which applies to prior state-court convictions for crimes “relating to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, or abusive sexual conduct involving a minor or ward”; the limiting phrase “involving a minor or ward” applies only to the phrase “abusive sexual conduct.”
Judgment: Affirmed, 6-2, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor on March 1, 2016. Justice Kagan filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Breyer joined.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Jan 14 2015||Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due March 11, 2015)|
|Mar 3 2015||Order extending time to file response to petition to and including April 10, 2015.|
|Apr 10 2015||Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed.|
|Apr 28 2015||Reply of petitioner Avondale Lockhart filed. (Distributed)|
|Apr 29 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 14, 2015.|
|May 18 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 21, 2015.|
|May 26 2015||Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED.|
|Jun 23 2015||The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including July 24, 2015.|
|Jun 23 2015||The time to file respondent's brief on the merits is extended to and including September 8, 2015.|
|Jul 24 2015||Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs received.)|
|Jul 24 2015||Brief of petitioner Avondale Lockhart filed.|
|Sep 8 2015||Brief of respondent United States filed.|
|Sep 9 2015||SET FOR ARGUMENT on Tuesday, November 3, 2015|
|Sep 10 2015||Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 2nd Circuit.|
|Sep 11 2015||Record request received from the U.S.C.A. 2nd Circuit is electronic.|
|Sep 21 2015||CIRCULATED|
|Oct 8 2015||Reply of petitioner Avondale Lockhart filed. (Distributed)|
|Nov 3 2015||Argued. For petitioner: Edward S. Zas, Assistant Federal Defender, New York, N. Y. For respondent: Ann O'Connell, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C.|
|Mar 1 2016||Adjudged to be AFFIRMED. Sotomayor, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, and Alito, JJ., joined. Kagan, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Breyer, J., joined.|
|Apr 4 2016||JUDGMENT ISSUED|
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