Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday.
On Tuesday the court hears oral argument in Life Technologies Corporation v. Promega Corporation. John Duffy has our preview.

Johnson v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-6925 11th Cir. Oct 6, 2009
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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.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia on March 2, 2010. Justice Alito dissented, joined by Justice Thomas.

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