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Recent U.S. Supreme Court Criminal Law Decisions

Following the final few Supreme Court opinions of the term, here is a recap of some of the term’s criminal law decisions. The residual clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act is unconstitutionally vague under the Due Process Clause. Johnson v. United States, — S.Ct. —, No. 13-7120 (June 26, 2015). In Johnson, the defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and the government asked for an increased sentence under the residual clause of the federal Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA).  This clause imposes anRead More …


Support Your Local Veterans and the American Legion

The Old Town Alexandria American Legion Post (Post 24) is hosting a D-Day Anniversary cookout and fundraiser on June 7. Find more information in the flyer above or purchase tickets online here.   


Fourth Amendment Warrant Exceptions to Search or Seize

The Fourth Amendment The Fourth Amendment requires the government to obtain a search warrant based on probable cause prior to conducting a search of people or their things. There are numerous exceptions to the warrant requirement, however, and criminal jurisprudence continues to evolve in this area. (Previous blog posts discussing changes in Fourth Amendment law can be found here and here.) Each exception has its own complicated history and usually a long line of federal and state cases interpreting the scope of the exception—the finer points of these exceptions areRead More …