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Sentence Vacated Due to Improper Enhancement Under Sentencing Guidelines

by Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated an improperly enhanced sentence of 46 months for illegal reentry after deportation.

In 2009, Roman Bartolo Genao, a national of the Dominican Republic, was convicted in New York state court of first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery ...

Seventh Circuit Upholds Denial of FOIA Request for Terrorist Organization Information

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has upheld a district court's ruling that certain information relating to terrorist organizations is not disclosable under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center ("The Center") submitted to the Department of Homeland Security a ...

Virginia Supreme Court Orders Retrial in Civil Commitment Proceeding

By Christopher Zoukis

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a jury's finding that a convicted sex offender was not a sexually violent predator who must be civilly committed.

On Aug. 12, 2014 the Commonwealth of Virginia moved to involuntarily commit Brady Arnold Proffitt, Jr. as a sexually violent predator ...

Seventh Circuit: Falsely Accused Man, Conviction Expunged, Cannot Sue Anonymously

By Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that a man who was falsely accused of a crime and later had his record expunged cannot sue for malicious prosecution anonymously.

John Doe alleged that he was arrested in the Village of Deerfield, Illinois ...

Eleventh Circuit Grants Habeas Hearing in Judicial Bias Case

By Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has reversed a district court and ruled that an evidentiary hearing is required when a criminal defendant has sufficiently alleged actual bias on the part of a trial judge.

Harrison Norris, Jr., who is black, was convicted ...

Fifth Circuit Vacates Child Pornography Sentence

By Christopher Zoukis

 

     The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has vacated and remanded the sentence of a convicted child pornographer.

Jason Daniel Scott pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography and was sentenced to 108 months of imprisonment and lifetime supervised release ...

Fifth Circuit Allows Intervention by Sierra Club in Reverse FOIA Suit

By Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has allowed Sierra Club to intervene in a reverse Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) records request lawsuit.

The dispute stemmed from FOIA requests made to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in which Sierra Club requested documents relating ...

$82,500 Damages to Detained American, Federal Judge Blasts ICE

By Christopher Zoukis

In a scathing opinion, Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, awarded a wrongfully detained American citizen $82,500 in damages for false arrest and false imprisonment at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ...

$151,000 Malicious Prosecution Award Upheld by Pennsylvania Appellate Court

by Chris Zoukis

A three judge panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas finding that Detective Linda Blowes was liable for the tort of malicious prosecution to the tune of $151,000.

The unusual case started when Philadelphia Police Detective Blowes ...

$100,000 Settlement in Atlanta False Arrest and Imprisonment

By Christopher Zoukis

A Georgia woman who claimed that she was wrongfully arrested and jailed settled her claims against the City of Atlanta for $100,000 in August 2013.

Teresa Culpepper, 48, called 911 on August 21, 2011 to report her car stolen. An Atlanta police officer spoke with her ...




 

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