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Criminal – Sentencing – Violent Felony – ACCA – Assault (access required)

The 4th Circuit vacates defendant’s sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act because the district court erred in relying on documents filed in Maryland state court to determine that a prior state conviction for second-degree assault qualified as a “violent felony” under the ACCA. Relying on Taylor v. U.S., 495 U.S. 575 (1990), and Shepard v. ...