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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Class v. United States
Citation:138 S. Ct. 798 (2018)
Petitioner was indicted for possessing firearms in his locked jeep, which was parked in a lot on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. He alleged that the statute he was charged with violating violated the Second Amendment. The District Court denied the claim. He then pled guilty to “Possession of a Firearm on U.S. Capitol Grounds,” and signed a plea agreement which did not mention the right to raise on direct appeal a claim that the statute of conviction was unconstitutional. The District Court sentenced respondent. Respondent then appealed his conviction, repeating his constitutional claims. The Court of Appeals held that Class could not raise his constitutional claims because he had waived them by pleading guilty.
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