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Whitfield v. United States

Docket No.: 13-9026
Certiorari Granted: 6/23/2014
Argued: December 2, 2014
Decided: January 13, 2015

Topics:

Natural Resources, murder

PartyNames: Larry Whitfield v. United States
Petitioner: Larry Whitfield
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Citation: 695 F.3d 288
Supreme Court Docket

Larry Whitfield
v.
United States
Question Presented:

A conviction under the federal bank robbery statute carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but no minimum sentence. 18 U.S.C. 2113(a). If the bank robber forces another person "to accompany him" during the robbery or while in flight, however, that additional offense carries a minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. 18 U.S.C. 2113(e). The question presented is whether Section 2113(e)'s forced-accompaniment offense requires proof of more than a de minimis movement of the victim.

Whitfield v. United States
ORAL ARGUMENT

December 2, 2014

Listen to Oral Argument in Whitfield v. United States
Holding: AFFIRMED
Vote: 9-0
Majority: unanimous
Opinion By:
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