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CRIMINAL LAW--SENTENCING--ENHANCED--FEDERAL ARMED CAREER CRIMINAL ACT--PREDICATE CONVICTIONS--VIOLENT FELONY. Under a plain reading of section 784.011(1), an assault conviction under Florida law requires an intentional threat to do violence directed at or targeted towards another individual and, accordingly, would qualify as a violent felony under the elements clause of the ACCA. The Court's opinion included an extensive discussion of section 784.011(1) in the context of questions certified by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
RULES OF GENERAL PRACTICE AND JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION--CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT--AMENDMENTS--JUDICIAL BRANCH RECORDS. Although Rule 2.420, Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration, and Canon 3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct "already govern the treatment of judicial records (including confidential records) and judges' use of nonpublic information obtained in a judicial capacity," the Court adopted amendments "to resolve any remaining uncertainty and inconsistency in the treatment of judicial branch records at the conclusion of judicial service and in the continued confidentiality of nonpublic information."