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CASE ENTRY

Brown v. United States

A criminal statute asking whether a whole category of activity constitutes “a crime of violence” may be unconstitutionally vague, says the First Circuit, but that does not mean a statute is too vague if it asks whether your specific conduct in a specific case was “a crime of violence”—particularly when your conduct involved firearms, pipe bombs, and a nine-month standoff with federal authorities.


Tags: 2018, Criminal Law, First Circuit, Vagueness

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