Burrage v. U.S. and vacated the conviction.
You can read my post about the case on the Portland Press Herald site.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Jeffrey Cookson v. State of Maine on 2/18/14. Their decision will prevent DNA testing of evidence which might show that the wrong man is in prison while a killer remains at large. The court gives a unique interpretation of Maine's chain of custody law and while it prevents testing for Cookson, it might help other defendants who challenge the prosecution's evidence at trial.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
|Scott Fox pleads to $14m bank fraud|
He owned The Boathouse, a boating supply store in Falmouth's Handyboat complex where he appeared to do a good business of outfitting junior sailors with racing dinghies and associated gear. Scott Fox looked to be a successful businessman and a role model for the many youth that he helped support. As it turns out, his whole life was built on a fraudulent loan scheme that ran from 1995 to 2012 and netted Fox about $14,000,000.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Burrage v. United States. The opinion limits the use of a Federal drug trafficking sentencing enhancement for cases where the drug user dies. The decision considers one specific statute, but it has lot to say about legal causation in general. In the end, the high court unanimously rejects the criminal causation rule used by Maine and a handful of other states.