Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Published Opinions

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wright: Community Control Revocation Counts Like Probation Revocation

In U.S. v. Wright, No. 09-12685 (May 26, 2010), the Court held that a Florida sentence of “community control” is “similar” to other forms of conditional release, like probation, and that a sentence for revocation of community control therefore counts for purposes of calculating criminal history points under USSG § 4A1.1(a). The Court noted the similarities between the purpose and operation of probation and community control.

The Court also rejected a constitutional challenge to 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), pointing out that the statute only requires a “minimal nexus” to interstate commerce, which was satisfied here because Wright’s firearms were manufactured outside Florida.