Monday, November 2, 2015

Tenth Circuit: Career Offender Residual Clause Void for Vagueness

Because the Guidelines are the beginning of all sentencing determinations, and in light of the “unavoidable uncertainty and arbitrariness of adjudication under the residual clause,” Johnson, 135 S. Ct. at 2562, we hold that the residual clause of § 4B1.2(a)(2) is void for vagueness.

United States v. Madrid, No. 14-2159 (10th Cir. Nov. 2, 2015) (holding further that Mr. Madrid's prior statutory-rape conviction from Texas was neither a force-clause offense nor an enumerated forcible sex offense).

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