Fifth Circuit Considers Structuring Crimes and Limits on Criminal Forfeiture in Recent Case

By Stephen J. Haedicke | July 21, 2020

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 […]

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Stephen Haedicke’s Article on Suing Private Companies Under Sec. 1983 Appears in the Federal Lawyer

By Stephen J. Haedicke | July 8, 2020

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.  

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Fifth Circuit Decides Two Civil Rights Cases on Qualified Immunity Grounds

By Stephen J. Haedicke | July 2, 2020

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 […]

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Stephen Haedicke Honored with Award from the Federal Bar Association

By Stephen J. Haedicke | September 16, 2019

This past week I was honored to receive the Outstanding Section or Division Leader Award from the Federal Bar Association.  Presented during the FBA’s annual meeting (held this year in Tampa, FL), the award resulted from my on-going work as the chair of the FBA’s Civil Rights Section.  You can see a quick video of […]

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The Federal First Step Act

By Stephen J. Haedicke | May 7, 2019

In late 2018, Congress passed the First Step Act, which became law when the President signed it on December 21, 2018.  Although it is literally just a first step in the process of true criminal justice reform, the Act nevertheless contains a number of very significant reforms for people involved in the federal criminal justice […]

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Stephen Haedicke Moderates a Panel on Overdetention Cases

By Stephen J. Haedicke | March 7, 2019

On February 15, 2019, the Federal Bar Association’s Civil Rights Section presented its second bi-annual Civil Rights CLE, the Civil Rights Etouffee.  As the Chair of the Section, I both helped to organize the Etouffee and served as a moderator during a panel discussion of civil rights cases based on the overdetention of state prisoners […]

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