United States v. Matthew Munksgard

United States v. Matthew Munksgard, No. 16-17654 (January 30, 2019) The Court affirmed the defendant’s convictions for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Evidence that the bank in question had been federally insured before the fraud offense and shortly thereafter was sufficient to prove the bank was insured at the time of the offense. In…

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Sumnar Brewster v. Gary Hetzel

Sumnar Brewster v. Gary Hetzel, Attorney General, State of Alabama, 2019 WL 272835 (January 22, 2019) The Court reversed the district court’s denial of petitioner’s § 2254 motion, finding that petitioner received ineffective assistance of counsel when trial counsel failed to object or move for a mistrial after the court coerced a deadlocked jury into…

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US v. Leonardo Triana

US v. Leonardo Triana, 2019 WL 178411, (January 14, 2019), UNPUBLISHED The Court affirmed the district court’s denial of a motion to suppress, holding that the traffic stop at issue was not unlawfully prolonged but rather became a consensual encounter. The Court held that a reasonable person would have felt free to leave based on…

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United States v. Benjamin Jenkins

United States v. Benjamin Jenkins, 2019 WL 178415 (January 14, 2019), UNPUBLISHED The Court affirmed the defendant’s conviction for carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime under § 924(c), holding that there was sufficient evidence of the nexus between the firearm and drug trafficking given the firearm’s proximity to the drugs and proceeds,…

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United States v. Erickson Campbell

United States v. Erickson Campbell, 2019 WL 125649 (January 8, 2019) The Court overruled its prior “overall reasonableness” standard for prolonged stops and held that officer’s traffic stop was unreasonably prolonged by the officer asking questions unrelated to the stop. The Court further held that the good faith exception made suppression unwarranted despite the government…

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