Brief filed: 10/02/2019
Shular v. United States
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 18-6662
Taylor's categorical approach applies to all ACCA predicates. A prior conviction that lacks a mens rea element cannot constitute a "serious drug offense." ACCA's legislative history affirms that state drug convictions lacking a mens rea requirement do not qualify as "serious drug offenses." ACCA will continue to have a geographically disparate impact unless the categorical approach is applied.
Caitlin J. Halligan, Joy Odom, Shelby P. Rokito, Selendy v. Gay PLLC, New York, NY; Jonathan D. Hacker, NACDL, Washington, DC.