Category Archives: Reversal

The Best Sentence in the McDonnell Decision

Like most defense attorneys, I welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision in the McDonnell case.   The Court vacated former Governor McDonnell’s convictions for Hobbs Act extortion and honest services fraud and remanded the case to the Fourth Circuit for further findings. … Continue reading

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Commercial Negotiation Tactics Are Not Fraud: Seventh Circuit Limits Scope of the Wire Fraud Statute

The federal wire fraud statute is incredibly broad. In this era of non-stop email and texts, it’s hard to imagine a white collar case that doesn’t implicate it. For the most part, courts have been reluctant to limit its reach. … Continue reading

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Identity Theft Statute Narrowed — A Little Bit

In recent years, the government has increasingly prosecuted individuals under the federal aggravated identity theft statute. This increase may be from the legitimate increase in identity theft but it may also result from the government’s realization that the statute’s mandatory … Continue reading

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A Brady Win for a Defendant–Finally (and Some Tips to Get Brady Material)

The conviction and sentence of a man in California were recently vacated when it was discovered that the government had improperly withheld exculpatory material from his defense team at trial. We read a lot of stories about the failures of Brady … Continue reading

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