High Court Takes Replacement Career Criminal Case After Death

March 2, 2020, 2:41 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court took on its latest case involving an oft-litigated career criminal law, after the justices dropped a case presenting the same issue earlier this year because the defendant at the center of it died.

The justices were set to hear James Walker’s case this term, which presented the question whether a criminal offense that can be committed with a reckless mental state can qualify as a “violent felony” under the Armed Career Criminal Act.

But they dismissed that case in January following his death.

Now, in agreeing to hear an appeal in the case of Charles Borden, ...

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