Monday, August 29, 2005

Motion for costs after remand. A plaintiff sought sanctions and attorneys' fees because a case he had commenced had been improperly removed to federal court. The defendants had agreed to stipulate to remand, but the plaintiff refused to so stipulate. The plaintiff's initial motion to remand had been granted, but its motion for fees and sanctions was denied. The Second Circuit on appeal from the district court's order on fees and sanctions, affirmed the decision of the district court, but made clear that the district court had had jurisdiction to hear the motion. The decision in Bryant v. Britt can be found here.
Late appeal. The Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed an appeal as untimely. The petitioner had sent his notice of appeal by overnight delivery (as recommended by the BIA), but it was not delivered for five days. Had it been delivered on time, it would have been timely. The Second Circuit held that these facts might constitute the "unique and extraordinary circumstances" that would allow the BIA to consider the appeal although it was technically late. The Court vacated the BIA opinion and remanded the case for further proceedings. The decision in Sun v. United States Department of Justice can be found here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

What's the amount. The Second Circuit reversed the denial of a defendant's presentencing motion to withdraw his guilty plea on a criminal drug charge brought under 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(A), which charge requires a finding of a specific quantity of crack. The defendant had not admitted to the quantity of crack involved in the offense. The decision by the Second Circuit in United States v. Gonzalez can be found here.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Non-argument calendar. Commencing October 3, 2005, the Second Circuit will institute a Non-Arguement calendar for all INS cases, involving the denial of an asylum claim. For more information on this procedure, check out the Second Circuit website.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

No pretrial restraint. The Second Circuit has decided that 28 U.S.C. 2461(c), part of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, does not authorized pretrial restraint of assets that the government claims are subject to criminal forfeiture. The decision in United States v. Razmilovic can be found here.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

No 9/11 Insurance Money for Citigroup. The Second Circuit has affirmed the judgment of the District Court of the Southern District of New York that Citigroup was not entitled to insurance money paid to 7 World Trade Company, L.P. for Citigroup's permanent but removable property at 7 World Trade Center, where Citigroup had rented space. The Court held that because Citigroup's property was explicitly excluded from coverage, it was entitled to no money from the insurance proceeds. The decision (very short) in Citigroup, Inc. v. Industrial Risk Insurers can be found here.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Local call. All it takes is a local telephone call to meet the requirement of a connection to interstate commerce to support a federal conviction. The statute at issue, 18 U.S.C. 1958, requires the use of a facility in interstate commerce. The Second Circuit held that that phrase only means that the facility (which includes means of transportation and communication) is used -- at times -- in interstate commerce, not that the alleged criminal used it in interstate commerce. The circuits appear to be split on this issue. The decision in United States v. Perez can be found at here.