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Criminal – Statutory provision struck as vague (access required)

A defendant who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and  brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a “crime of violence” (the Hobbs Act conspiracy) had his sentence vacated after a divided en banc court held the relevant statutory provision is unconstitutionally vague. Background Joseph Decore Simms pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act ...

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