How Appealing

Sunday, December 21, 2008

“Court rules Coast loan holders were victims”: Saturday’s edition of The Sarasota Herald-Tribune contained an article that begins, “Federal appeals court judges ruled Friday that Coast Bank borrowers were indeed victims in the scheme that involved a former bank executive skimming money from their loans. Federal prosecutors had maintained that it was the bank that was the victim.”

The Associated Press reports that “Court says Florida homeowners also victims.”

And at “The Volokh Conspiracy,” Law Professor Paul Cassell recently had a post titled “All Those Harmed by a Federal Financial Crime Are ‘Victims’ Protected by the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.”

You can access Friday’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit at this link.

Update: At his “Simple Justice” blog, attorney Scott H. Greenfield has an interesting post titled “Everyone’s a Victim, The Sequel.”

Posted at 9:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“DA must pay freed inmate, appeals court says; He is owed $14 million for 14 years on death row”: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans today contains an article that begins, “The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to toss out a $14 million judgment against the Orleans Parish district attorney’s office that a federal jury awarded last year to former death row inmate John Thompson.”

And The Associated Press reports that “$14 million award to exonerated inmate upheld.”

You can access Friday’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit at this link.

Posted at 8:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Nottingham silent on allegations; The ex-judge doesn’t reply to a complaint that threatens his law license”: Last Wednesday in The Denver Post, Felisa Cardona had an article that begins, “Former Chief U.S. District Judge Edward W. Nottingham Jr. did not file a response to misconduct allegations that could put his law license in jeopardy. Sean Harrington, a legal blogger who runs the website, filed a misconduct complaint about the former judge with the Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel and with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Posted at 2:10 PM by Howard Bashman