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Chambers v. United States

Docket No.: 06-11206
Certiorari Granted: Apr 21 2008
Argued: November 10, 2008
Decided: January 20, 2009

PartyNames: Deondery Chambers v. United States
Petitioner: Deondery Chambers
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Deondery Chambers
United States
555 U.S. ____ (2009)
Question Presented:

Whether a defendant's failure to report for confinement "involves conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another" such that a conviction for escape based on that failure to report is a "violent felony" within the meaning of the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U.S.C. ยง 924(e).


Does a conviction for felonious escape under Illinois law, arising from the defendant's failure to report for imprisonment, qualify as a "crime of violence" for the purposes of the federal Armed Career Criminals Act?

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By:
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