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Case: Begay v. United States
Subject(s): Armed Career Criminal Act, Sentencing Guidelines, felony, crime of violence, statutory interpretation, legislative history, driving while intoxicated, Booker
Appealed from: Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Docket No: 06-11543
Decision Rendered: No
Decision: None

Question(s) presented: Whether drunk driving can be considered a "violent felony" for purposes of sentencing under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act.

Holding of appellate court: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the DWIs were violent felonies. The majority of the panel reasoned that drunk driving fits within the statute's definition of a "violent felony" as "any crime . . . that . . . involves conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another." 18 U.S.C. Sec. 924(e).

Date of Oral Arguments Your Prediction Your Prediction by Justice Update
Affirm Reverse Vacate Justice Affirm Reverse Vacate
Jan 15, 2008 Alito
Breyer
Ginsburg
Kennedy
Roberts
Scalia
Souter
Stevens
Thomas