Before we get to the last week's wins in the federal circuits, three things:
First, I think the most interesting opinion from the federal circuits in the last week is United States v. Murray from the Second Circuit. ...more
1. United States v. Arreguin, Ninth Circuit: Appellant's motion to suppress evidence was denied by the District Court. The Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded, directing the trial court to grant the motion to suppress....more
Last week's wins are below - and there are some great reads.
But today, let's congratulate Greg Poe for his work challenging sanctions imposed on a fine career AFPD in the Sixth Circuit....more
We have three short but good cases from the circuits from last week. I think my favorite is U.S. v. Glover, a nice suppression case....more
Congress these days seems to have noticed that we have too many federal criminal laws - which is a good thing (the Congressional notice, less the excessive criminal laws).
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee heard...more
1. United States v. Dominic Pelligrino, Second Circuit:
Appellant Pellegrino was charged with having violated New York's narcotics laws and pleaded guilty in state court. Although the circuit court found his arguments...more
Due to my own sloth, we're presenting two weeks of short wins in one post. Here it is!
There are some good cases here, featuring the Armed Career Criminal Act, the Fourth Amendment, and law enforcement agents...more
It's a sleepy week in the Circuits last week - a resentencing and a restitution remand.
To the victories!
United States v. Daniels, et al., Fifth Circuit: Appellants were convicted of conspiring to distribute...more
On this, the Monday after Labor Day, I suspect many of us have the feeling that work piles up when you leave the office. And, with last week off from Short Wins, that's definitely what happened here....more
When you go to a restaurant, you have to pay for the meal - there's a quid pro quo. ...more
There are some great cases from the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits this week - especially United States v. Ermoian on obstruction of justice. Good times....more
It's been a busy week in the circuits. But first, two news items.
Eric Holder Walks Back The War On Drugs -
Today, as has been widely reported, Eric Holder will announce that "widespread incarceration at the...more
Placido Mendoza drove a truck from North Carolina to Tennessee. His passenger was Abel Tavera....more
Does marriage fraud happen in the marriage, or at the wedding?...more
1. United States v. Esquivel-Rios, Tenth Circuit: Appellant's car, which bore an out-of-state 30 day registration tag, was stopped after a police officer could not verify the tag with a law enforcement database....more
It's a bit of a sleepy week in the circuits, but not too sleepy in the news....more
It's been a busy week in the federal circuits - lots of good wins to check out....more
John Doe (not his real name - but the guy shouldn't be singled out any more than he already has been. If you really want to see his name, it's on the opinion from the Fourth Circuit) wanted to have gay sex with a stranger....more
Apologies for posting so sparsely lately. Between covering the end of the Supreme Court term for Above the Law and this day job as a lawyer, I've been remiss in keeping you up to date on what's what in the...more
Today's featured case is United States v. Hampton for a few reasons....more
I'm writing this from the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Here's my brief recap....more
There's a great diversity of cases where defendants won in the federal circuit's last week....more
There were three wins in the federal circuits last week, discussed below. The most interesting is probably United States v. Zabawa which gives a fair shake at sentencing to someone who assaulted an officer (who headbutted...more
Last week, with the Memorial Day holiday, was a slow week for wins in the federal circuits- there's only one short win....more
There are some dramatic wins in the federal appeals courts. Sometimes an entire conviction is overturned, and it is clear that the person will walk free. Other times, a large and unjust sentence is reversed....more