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Supreme Court rules fleeing from the police in a car a violent felony

Posted on: June 10, 2011

According to a New York Times article, the Supreme Court ruled in favor (6-3 decision) that fleeing from the police in a car “is a provocative and dangerous act that dares, and in a typical case requires, the officer to give chase.” Therefore, if you are in a car chase with the police you may be subject to 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.

Under the federal law, the Armed Career Criminal Act, convicted felons found with guns face a maximum sentence of 10 years but if  they have three conviction for violent felonies they are subject to a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.

The Supreme Court was hearing a case of an Indiana man who fled from the police in a car. He was also a violent felon with prior convictions. The man plead guilty to having a gun in violation of the federal law and he had twice committed violent felonies by robbing a man of his wristwatch and a woman of her purse. The question in the case was whether a third conviction for fleeing was also a violent felony.

The Supreme Court said yes and the man is now subject to a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.

Score one for the good guys!

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