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Class v. United States

United States Supreme Court
138 S. Ct. 798 (2018)


Facts

The government (plaintiff) indicted Rodney Class (defendant) for possession of firearms inside a vehicle parked on the United States Capitol grounds. Class challenged the indictment on the basis that the charging statute violated the constitutional right to bear arms. Class then pled guilty under a plea agreement that waived certain rights and reserved others for appeal but did not address his right to bring an appeal on constitutional grounds. On direct appeal, the appellate court ruled that entering the plea agreement waived Class’s constitutional claim, and he appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Breyer, J.)

Dissent (Alito, J.)

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