Johnson v. United States
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Oct 6, 2009
|Mar 2, 2010||7-2||Scalia||OT 2009|
Holding: Federal gun laws require an enhanced sentence for defendant who have previously been convicted of a violent felony. The Court held that the defendant's prior conviction for battery in Florida did not count as a violent felony because under Florida law, although battery involves physical contact, the prosecution is not required to prove any use of physical force.
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Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia on March 2, 2010. Justice Alito dissented, joined by Justice Thomas.
- Violent force required for violent felony (Anna Christensen)
- Johnson v. United States: What Constitutes "Physical Force"? (Argument Recap) (Anna Christensen)
- Argument Preview : Johnson v. U.S. (Kristina Moore)
Briefs and Documents
- Brief for Petitioner Curtis Darnell Johnson
- Brief for Respondent United States of America
- Reply Brief for Petitioner Curtis Darnell Johnson