On December 2, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Whitfield v. United States. This case concerns 18 U.S.C. § 2113(e), which provides a minimum sentence of ten years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for a bank robber who forces another person “to accompany him” during the robbery or while fleeing the scene. The question is whether the requirement that the robber force another person “to accompany him” requires proof of more than a minimal movement of the victim.
To discuss the case, we have Professor John Stinneford, who is Associate Professor of Law and Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Center at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.