Supreme Court to hear tariff, 'violent felony' sentencing cases

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday agreed to hear three cases [Order List, PDF], including the consolidated cases of US v. Eurodif (07-1059) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and USEC v. Eurodif (07-1078) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] where the Court will consider whether the federal government can impose anti-dumping tariffs on contracts for uranium enrichment services. The key issues in the cases center on whether raw materials from the United States that are reprocessed abroad constitute a "good" or a "service." US law does not allow tariffs to be imposed on "services." AP has more.

The Court also granted certiorari Monday in Chambers v. US (06-11206) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] where the Court will consider whether a conviction for "escape" after a defendant fails to report for confinement qualifies as a "violent felony" within the meaning of the Armed Career Criminal Act [18 USC § 924(e) text]. The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled [PDF text] last year that all escapes are violent crimes. A Supreme Court ruling in the case could resolve a current 10-2 split among the circuit courts of appeals. SCOUTSBLOG has more on both certiorari grants.

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