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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
Voisine v. United States
Citation:136 S.Ct. 2272 (2016)
Stephen Voisine (Defendant) pleaded guilty in 2004 to assaulting his girlfriend, a misdemeanor. A few years later, law enforcement officers learned that he owned a rifle and charged him with violating 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9). He pleaded guilty to owning a firearm in violation of the law, but he argued that he was not subject to that statute because his prior offense could have been based on reckless, rather than knowing or intentional, conduct.
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