First Cases for Justice Kavanaugh
On Tuesday the Supreme Court began its second week of hearings of the October 2018 session of court. The cases of Stokeling v. United States, United States v. Stitt, and United States v. Sims were the first cases that Justice Kavanaugh heard once appointed to the court. All three cases deal with the interpretation of the 1984 Career Criminal Act.
The case of Stokeling v. United States deals with Denard Stokeling who pled guilty of charges of his being a felon in possession of a firearm with ammunition. He also had two other convictions that were classified as violent felonies because he “overcame victim resistance.” The Supreme Court will determine whether or not overcoming victim resistance classifies as a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act.
U.S. v Stitt and U.S. v. Sims both deal with the question of whether or not the crime of residential burglary, under Arkansas law, or aggravated burglary, under Tennessee law, are the same or more narrow than “general burglary” under the Armed Career Criminal Act, and if those crimes would serve as predictive crimes under the act.
- For the Supreme Court to have wisdom as they hear these cases and determine their rulings.
- For Justice Kavanaugh to serve the court effectively as he hears these cases.
- For rulings that will bring about a greater good for U.S. law.