Purse Snatching Can Be Violent, High Court Rules

Purse snatching and pickpocketing can amount to violent felonies for purposes of the federal Armed Career Criminal Act, which requires mandatory 15-year sentences for people convicted of possessing firearms if they have been found guilty of three violent felonies or serious drug charges. The justices divided 5-4 on the issue.

High Court Case This Week Could Affect Manafort

The Supreme Court on Thursday will take up the case of a small-time Alabama felon, Terance Gamble, who complains that his convictions by state and federal prosecutors for the same gun possession crime violate constitutional protections against double jeopardy. The issue could affect state plans to prosecute Paul Manafort if he is pardoned by President Trump.