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Does a Dissent at the Appellate Court Mean a More Active Bench at Oral Argument in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we determined that a dissent below, all things being equal, will lead to at least a slightly more active oral argument for appellees. The data for appellants is more variable – the averages are virtually...more

How Long Have Criminal Cases Lasted From Grant to Argument to Decision (Part 2 – 2008-2016)?

Yesterday, we analyzed the lag times – from grant of review to oral argument, and oral argument to decision – in the Court’s civil docket from 2008 to 2016. Today, we’ll address the data for the criminal docket. One...more

In Summary Order, Second Circuit Provides Guidance to Courts Deciding Motions for Sentence Reductions

On February 16, 2017, the Second Circuit (Leval, Calabresi, Carney) issued a summary order in United States v. Lopez, No. 16-1019, vacating and remanding for reconsideration the district court’s denial of the appellant’s...more

In Summary Order, Court Vacates Above-Guidelines Sentence for Lack of Justification, But Denies Request to Remand to Different...

Franco Lupoi was sentenced to 156 months on money laundering conspiracy and heroin trafficking conspiracy charges, in excess of the applicable Guidelines range and the 135 month sentence requested by the government. In its...more

In Summary Order, Court Vacates Denial of Resentencing Motion, Citing Ambiguities in the Sentencing Record

On January 31, 2017, the Court (Katzmann, Kearse, Livingston) issued a nonprecedential summary order vacating and remanding an order denying a motion for resentencing in United States v. Majors, No. 15-4022. The remand was...more

In Summary Order, Court Remands Obstruction Enhancement for Further Findings of Fact

In a summary order issued yesterday in United States v. Munteanu, No. 16-1254, the Second Circuit (Winter, Cabranes, Lynch) reiterated that a district court must make findings of fact before imposing an obstruction of justice...more

Second Circuit Affirms “One-Book Rule”: No Sampling from Different Versions of the Sentencing Guidelines

Yesterday the Second Circuit affirmed, in United States v. Ramirez (No.15-2570), the so-called “one-book rule”: if sentenced criminals want to seek a reduction in sentence based on changes in the Sentencing Guidelines, they...more

Closing the Courtroom? Second Circuit Reluctantly Approves, Reminds Lower Courts to Create a Clear Record

In Moss v. Colvin, 15-2272, the Second Circuit (Katzmann, Wesley, Carney) issued a per curiam decision affirming the denial by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Crotty, J.) of the petitioner’s...more

In A Summary Order, Second Circuit Vacates 30-year Child Pornography Sentence on Substantive Reasonableness Grounds

In United States v. Sawyer, No. 15-2276, the Second Circuit (Jacobs, Pooler, Crawford) vacated and remanded for resentencing a case involving a conviction for possession of child pornography. The decision rested on a finding...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: There are no advance release opinions today. Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: - AC37601 - Mourning v. Commissioner of Correction - AC37576 -...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: There are no advance release opinions today. Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: - AC37601 - Mourning v. Commissioner of Correction - AC37576 - Gerald W. v....more

Seeing is Believing: Preserving Your Argument as to Audiovisual Evidence and Demonstrative Aids in the Courtroom

With the advent of courtroom technology, parties are increasingly relying on audiovisual evidence or demonstrative aids to present their case to the trier of fact. Sometimes, however, counsel fail to specifically object to...more

"DC Circuit Affirms Primacy of Prosecutorial Discretion Over Deferred Prosecution Agreements in United States v. Fokker Services...

On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the D.C. Circuit) overturned the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (the District Court) in United States v....more

Historic Bribery Of Agents Of Foreign Principals Will Not Go Unpunished

Bribery of an agent or official of a foreign body has been a crime in the UK since 1906. Previous uncertainty had led to amendments in 2002 to clarify the foreign scope of bribery offences. However, the case of R v Ail, GH &...more

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