Supreme Court ruling on restoration of rights
Right here. I flew back east for some Parker matters, and am too tired to say a lot more. Basically, both GCA and a federal sentencing enhancement law say that "felony" includes violations that states expressly classify as "misdemeanors," but which are punishable by more than two years imprisonment, and that "felony" does not include a conviction that has been set aside or for which civil rights have been restored.
Defendant here got caught as a felon in possession, had several of those 3 year "misdemeanors," and got maxed out. He argued that since you don't lose civil rights for a "misdemeanor," that shouldn't count as a prior. Interesting argument, but it lost 9-0.
On the side, the Court agrees that, as to what restoration of civil rights means, "courts have held, and petitioner agrees, that the civil rights relevant under the above-quoted provision are the rights to vote, hold office, and serve on a jury. "