Shular v. United States

 Brief for Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Petitioner.

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. 

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Caitlin J. Halligan, Joy Odom, Shelby P. Rokito, Selendy v. Gay PLLC, New York, NY; Jonathan D. Hacker, NACDL, Washington, DC.