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The Supreme Court Of The United States Has Issued An Opinion In The Matter Of The ACCA

SCOTUS issues opinion in case concerning ACCA

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a unanimous ruling in Wooden v. the United States on March 7. The case was argued before the court on Oct. 4.

The court reversed the Sixth Circuit’s ruling. It remanded the case for further proceedings, holding that William Wooden’s ten offenses did not occur on different occasions and counted as one prior conviction under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). Click here for more information about the ruling.

Justice Elena Kagan delivered the majority opinion of the court. Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and brett Kavanaugh joined the statement in full. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Amy Coney Barrett joined Part II-B. Justice Sotomayor filed a concurring opinion. Justice Neil Gorsuch filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, joined by Justice Sotomayor as to Part II, III, and IV. Justice Kavanaugh filed a concurring opinion. Justice Barrett filed an opinion concurring the judgment, joined by Justice Thomas.

To date, the court has issued decisions in 14 cases this term. Between 2007 and 2020, SCOTUS released opinions in 1,062 instances, averaging between 70 and 90 points per year.

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