In the recent United States v. Gallegos, the Fifth Circuit considered a defendant’s Motion to Suppress evidence of child pornography that had been found during review of cell phone data extracted from the defendant’s cell phone. Overturning the District Court’s decision to suppress the evidence, the Fifth Circuit held that the defendant had consented to […]Continue reading
Prosecutorial misconduct led the Fifth Circuit to overturn a criminal conviction in the recent decision of United States of America v. Thaddeus Beaulieu. The Beaulieu case involved a charge of criminal contempt arising from Beaulieu’s refusal to testify in court against individuals involved in car jackings and bank robberies. After Beaulieu asserted a Fifth Amendment […]Continue reading
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided the case of United States v. Suarez, which involved charges of “structuring” currency transactions. Thirty-one U.S.C. § 5313(a) requires banks to file a Currency Transaction Report (CTR) whenever someone conducts a transaction involving more than $10,000 in cash. Illegal “structuring” occurs when someone conducts multiple transactions to […]Continue reading
Stephen Haedicke’s article on whether the Monell standard should apply to protect private companies who have been sued under Section 1983 has been published in the most recent issue of the Federal Lawyer, a publication of the Federal Bar Association. You can read the article below.
Today, the Fifth Circuit release two new opinions in civil rights cases. Unfortunately for the plaintiffs in these cases, in both the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of the defendants’ motions for summary judgment and held that the defendants were entitled to have the case dismissed under the doctrine of qualified immunity. The […]Continue reading