Sessions v. Dimaya

138 S. Ct. 1204 (2018)

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Sessions v. Dimaya

United States Supreme Court
138 S. Ct. 1204 (2018)

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Facts

James Dimaya (defendant) was a native of the Philippines and a lawful resident of the United States. Following Dimaya’s second conviction for first-degree burglary, the government (plaintiff) initiated a removal proceeding against Dimaya. Both an immigration judge and an appeals board held that first-degree burglary was a crime of violence under 18 U.S.C. § 16(b). However, while Dimaya’s appeal was pending, the Supreme Court held in Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551(2015), that the definition of “violent felony” in another federal law was unconstitutionally vague. The relevant section of that law was worded similarly to the law being applied to Dimaya. Relying on Johnson, the court of appeals ruled that § 16(b) was also unconstitutionally vague. The appeals court thus ruled in Dimaya’s favor. The government appealed, arguing that because this was not a criminal case, the void-for-vagueness doctrine should not be applied as rigorously as it was in Johnson. The Supreme Court granted cert to hear the issue.

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Holding and Reasoning (Kagan, J.)

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Dissent (Roberts, J.)

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