(United States Second Circuit) – Held that a New York inmate convicted of murder‐for‐hire was entitled to federal habeas relief, in this case where he claimed that the prosecutors knowingly offered perjured testimony at his trial. Reversed the denial of his habeas petition.
(California Court of Appeal) – Remanded for resentencing in a case of gross vehicular manslaughter, on the ground that the defendant never waived her right to have her sentence imposed by the judge that accepted her guilty plea.
(California Court of Appeal) – Remanded a murder case with instructions to hold a hearing to consider whether to strike firearm and other sentencing enhancements in light of recent legislative changes, in an opinion on remand from the California Supreme Court.
(California Court of Appeal) – Held that an inmate was entitled to have his felony-murder special circumstance vacated based on California Supreme Court authorities decided after his convictions became final. Granted a writ of habeas corpus.
(California Court of Appeal) – Affirmed a conviction and sentence for reckless driving, in a case where the defendant’s dangerous maneuver caused a head-on collision.
(United States Second Circuit) – Held that Amtrak police did not mishandle cash seized from a man during an arrest. The arrestee contended that he should have been given an opportunity to contest Amtrak’s transfer of the $10,000 to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Unpersuaded by his arguments, the Second Circuit affirmed summary judgment against his …
(California Court of Appeal) – Affirmed the sentence of a man who pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit human trafficking.
(California Court of Appeal) – Affirmed a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. However, remanded for resentencing in light of recent legislation relating to prior serious felony enhancements that became effective after the defendant’s sentencing.
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Affirmed a conviction for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Held that a federal inmate was entitled to habeas relief. He had received an enhanced sentence under a clause of the 1990 U.S. Sentencing Guidelines’ career-offender provision that subsequent case law had established was unconstitutionally vague. Remanded for resentencing.