Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Summary Summary

The court has not issued a published opinion in a criminal case for a while. But here is the most recent set of summary orders of interest.

In United States v. Matthews, No. 04-1657-cr (2d Cir. January 29, 2008), the court vacated the application of the “street gang” enhancement in 18 U.S.C. § 521 because the government failed to prove that the current federal offense occurred within five years of the predicate offenses, as required by the statute.

United States v. Rodriguez, No. 06-1681-cr (2d Cir. January 28, 2008), vacated the restitution order in a case involving the filing of false tax returns, and ordered further fact-finding on whether the restitution amount should be reduced by the amounts that Rodriguez, the tax preparer, returned to his clients.

And, in United States v. Walker, No. 05-6701-cr (January 23, 2008), the court vacated a $100,000 fine imposed on a defendant whom PSR indicated was indigent. Although the district court noted that the defendant had, in the past, made a lot of money from dealing drugs, this was not an adequate finding about his current or future ability to pay.


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