Categorical Approach Update

Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Blog

United States v. Slade, __ F.3d __, 2017 WL 4509044 (9th Cir. Oct. 10, 2017): The Court held that a conviction under Washington’s second-degree assault statute (Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §9A.36.021) is categorically not a crime of violence under U.S.S.G. §2K2.1 and §4B1.2.

United States v. Knight, __ Fed.Appx. __, 2017 WL 4461085 (9th Cir. Oct. 5, 2017): The Court held that a Louisiana armed-robbery conviction (La. Stat. Ann. §14:64) is a crime of violence for purposes of U.S.S.G. §2K2.1 and §4B1.2.

United States v. Orozco-Madrigal, __ Fed.Appx. __, 2017 WL 4334145 (9th Cir. Sept. 29, 2017): The Court held that a conviction for assault with a semiautomatic firearm under California Penal Code §245(b) is categorically a crime of violence for purposes of U.S.S.G. §2L1.2.

United States v. Oregon-Mendoza, __ Fed.Appx. __, 2017 WL 4334137 (9th Cir. Sept. 29, 2017): The Court held that a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon under California Penal Code §245(a)(1) is categorically a crime of violence for purposes of 18 U.S.C. §16(a) and U.S.S.G. §2L1.2.

Aldaco-Quezada v. Sessions, __ Fed.Appx. __, 2017 WL 4338291 (9th Cir. Sept. 29, 2017): The Court held that an Arizona assault conviction (Ariz. Rev. Stat. §13-1203(A)(1)) qualified as a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence for immigration purposes.

Santoyo-Garcia v. Sessions, __ Fed.Appx. __, 2017 WL 4457156 (9th Cir. Oct. 2, 2017): Applying Martinez-Lopez, the Court held that a conviction under California Health & Safety Code §11377(a), for possession of methamphetamine, constitutes a controlled substance offense for purposes of 8 U.S.C. §1227(a)(2)(B)(i).

Rodriguez-Contreras v. Sessions, __ F.3d __, 2017 WL 4546112 (7th Cir. Oct. 12, 2017): The Court held that an Illinois conviction for unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon (720 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/24-1.1(a)) is not an aggravated felony.

United States v. Byas, __ F.3d __, 2017 WL 4287287 (8th Cir. Sept. 28, 2017): The Court held that an Illinois burglary conviction (720 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/19-1(a)) is categorically not an ACCA violent felony.