Supreme Court to decide whether breaking into mobile home is a ‘burglary’
Supreme Court to decide whether breaking into mobile home is a ‘burglary’

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in two cases dealing with the question of whether breaking into a mobile home or other “nonpermanent or mobile structure” constitutes a burglary under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) [text], consolidating them for oral argument.

The ACCA provides that people who have been convicted of “violent felonies” (including burglary) or serious drug offenses at least three times will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 15 years if they are found possessing or transporting a firearm.

Burglary has been defined [SCOTUSblog report] by the Supreme Court as “crimes involving illegal or unauthorized entry into a ‘building or structure’ with the intent to commit a crime.”

The cases are United States v. Stitt and United States v. Sims [docket].