US v. Depue

(United States Ninth Circuit) – In an en banc opinion, reaffirmed the distinction between waiver and forfeiture of sentencing challenges. Here, the defendant’s failure to object to Guidelines calculations at sentencing constituted forfeiture subject to plain error review. However, there was no plain error.

Stokeling v. US

(United States Supreme Court) – Held that the Armed Career Criminal Act encompasses a robbery offense if an element is the use of force sufficient to overcome a victim’s resistance. Under this test, the defendant’s conviction of robbery under Florida law qualified as a predicate violent felony for a 15-year mandatory-minimum sentence. Justice Thomas wrote …

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US v. Eaglin

(United States Second Circuit) – Held that a convicted sex offender who was on supervised release should not have been banned from accessing the Internet or viewing adult pornography. The record here did not support the imposition of these sweeping conditions. Reversed and remanded for resentencing.

US v. Hall

(United States Ninth Circuit) – Held that a supervised-release condition imposed on a man convicted of fraud was unconstitutionally vague. The language was too imprecise in restricting the types of contact he could have with his son, who was convicted of participating in the fraudulent scheme. Reversed in part.