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Wooden v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-5279 6th Cir. Oct 4, 2021 Mar 7, 2022 9-0 Kagan OT 2021

Holding: William Dale Wooden’s ten burglary offenses arising from a single criminal episode did not occur on different “occasions” and thus count as only one prior conviction under the Armed Career Criminal Act.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Kagan on March 7, 2022. Justice Kagan delivered the opinion of the court, in which Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kavanaugh joined, and in which Justices Thomas, Alito, and Barrett joined as to all but Part II-B. Sotomayor filed a concurring opinion. Kavanaugh filed a concurring opinion. Barrett filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Thomas joined. Justice Gorsuch filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Sotomayor joined as to Part II, III, and IV.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 24 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due September 4, 2020)
Aug 12 2020Waiver of right of respondent United States to respond filed.
Aug 27 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/29/2020.
Sep 22 2020Response Requested. (Due October 22, 2020)
Oct 14 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response from October 22, 2020 to November 23, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Oct 15 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including November 23, 2020.
Nov 09 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response from November 23, 2020 to December 23, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Nov 10 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including December 23, 2020.
Dec 21 2020Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed.
Jan 06 2021Reply of petitioner William Dale Wooden filed. (Distributed)
Jan 07 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/22/2021.
Feb 12 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/19/2021.
Feb 22 2021Motion to proceed in forma pauperis GRANTED. Petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED limited to Question 2 presented by the petition.
Mar 05 2021Joint motion for an extension of time to file the briefs on the merits filed.
Mar 22 2021Joint motion to extend the time to file the briefs on the merits granted. The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including May 3, 2021. The time to file respondent's brief on the merits is extended to and including June 28, 2021.
May 03 2021Brief of petitioner William Dale Wooden filed.
May 03 2021Joint appendix filed.
May 10 2021Brief amicus curiae of National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed.
May 10 2021Brief amicus curiae of Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center filed.
May 10 2021Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Federal Defenders filed.
May 10 2021Brief amici curiae of Professors of Criminal Law filed.
May 10 2021Brief amicus curiae of FAMM filed.
May 10 2021Brief amicus curiae of Human Rights For Kids filed.
Jun 28 2021Brief of respondent United States filed.
Jul 13 2021ARGUMENT SET FOR Monday, October 4, 2021.
Jul 28 2021Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 6th Circuit.
Jul 28 2021Reply of petitioner William Dale Wooden filed.
Jul 28 2021Record received from the U.S.C.A. 6th Circuit has been electronically filed.
Aug 03 2021CIRCULATED
Oct 04 2021Argued. For petitioner: Allon Kedem, Washington, D. C. For respondent: Erica L. Ross, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C.
Mar 07 2022Judgment REVERSED. Kagan, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kavanaugh, JJ., joined, and in which Thomas, Alito, and Barrett, JJ., joined as to all but Part II–B. Sotomayor, J., filed a concurring opinion. Kavanaugh, J., filed a concurring opinion. Barrett, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Thomas, J., joined. Gorsuch, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Sotomayor, J., joined as to Parts II, III, and IV.
Apr 08 2022JUDGMENT ISSUED.