United States v. Martinez, First Circuit: Appellant pled guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 70 months' imprisonment. That sentence was vacated because the district court erred...more
Lester and Nancy Sadler, a husband and wife, ran a series of pain management clinics in Ohio.
As the Sixth Circuit explained, "these were not conventional plain clinics." For example, at one clinic patients would...more
United States v. Flores-Mejia, Third Circuit: The court vacated Appellant's sentence after being convicted of reentry after deportation. The Third Circuit, however, used the opportunity to change its current law and now...more
It's a relatively slow week in the federal circuits.
My favorite case of the last week is United States v. Torres Pimental. You've got to love a suppression motion being granted off of a government delay in...more
It's a been a relatively quiet week in the federal circuits. Which is one reason I think this week is a nice one to share this very cool graphic on how forfeiture laws are hurting people in these United...more
There are two interesting opinions I'd like to highlight from this crop.
First, there's United States v. Prado from the Seventh Circuit. Every now and again, in sentencing, a district court will say it can't consider...more
The United States government thought that Lonnell Glover was a drug dealer. They tapped his phone, but he spoke in code so they couldn't get any evidence on him that way....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
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 been a busy week in the federal circuits - lots of good wins to check out....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
I'm writing this from the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Here's my brief recap....more
There was only one win in the federal circuits last week, but United States v. Blewett was a whopper - the Sixth Circuit held that the Fair Sentencing Act applies retroactively to people sentenced before it took effect. ...more