Category: US Court of Appeals

Renzi Racketeering Charge Reinstated

A federal appeals court reinstated the racketeering charge against former Republican Congressman Richard “Rick” G. Renzi of Arizona.  Renzi, the former state co-chair of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, was charged in 2008 with multiple counts of corruption arising from…

Overtime Pay Questioned

Some 2,000 unlicensed junior accountants for PricewaterhouseCoopers may be exempt from California’s mandatory overtime pay rules.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that there should be a trial to decide the issue.  This is a setback for…

San Diego Campaign Finance Law OK

This is a win-some, lose-some appellate decision on campaign contributions.  San Diego’s campaign financing law reforms survived a free speech challenge by the County Republican Party and conservative groups, but that includes lifting the ban on direct contributions from political…

Crack Sentence Disparity Remains

If only Lyndon Baptist had been sentenced after Aug. 3, 2010 instead of before. Yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the federal sentencing commission t last year’s law, which reduced sentences for crack cocaine, should apply to those already…

Post-Execution Debate Continues

Arizona executed Donald Edward Beaty May 26 but that doesn’t mean the legal wrangling has stopped.  Beaty challenged Arizona’s last minute switch in the drug cocktail used for lethal injection but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to…