The Supreme Court held that physical violence unrelated to extortion or robbery does not fall within the Hobbs Act. The language of the statute demonstrates that Congress intended a narrow application of the Hobbs Act to those acts of violence used or in furtherance of a plan to affect interstate commerce by robbery or extortion.
Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc.
U.S. Sup. Ct.
February 28, 2006