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
The big news in this edition of Short Wins is United States v. Abair - a simply crazy Seventh Circuit.
I already wrote about it for a general legal audience on Above the Law (Inspector Javert Goes Smurfing in Indiana)...more
There's been a lot of action in the federal circuits these first few weeks of the year, and here, in one post we have a lot of it.
One shout out in particular is U.S. v. Aparicio-Soria....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
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
I'm writing this from the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Here's my brief recap....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
Six new cases from the federal circuits this week. My favorite - a subjective measure, I know - is United States v. Ramirez. Any time a court, even the Ninth Circuit, vacates a drug conspiracy conviction for insufficient...more
Last week was an active week in the federal appeals courts.
Perhaps most interesting - especially to those who are concerned about the state of our federal public defenders - is the Second Circuit's opinion in United...more
Three odd cases were decided last week in the federal circuits....more
It's a scattershot collection of sentencing remands in this week's short wins....more