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Criminal Confessions of Cooperating Witnesses Not Admissible as Prior Consistent Statements Under Fed. R. Evid. 801(d)(1)(B), Holds Fifth Circuit

For the second time in the past two weeks, in United States  v. Portillo, No. 18-50793 (5th Cir. Aug. 5, 2020), a U.S. Court of Appeals publishes an opinion applying the 2014 amendment to Fed. R. Evid. 801(d)(1)(B) that expanded the admissibility of prior consistent statements. The Second Circuit recently upheld the admission of priorContinue reading “Criminal Confessions of Cooperating Witnesses Not Admissible as Prior Consistent Statements Under Fed. R. Evid. 801(d)(1)(B), Holds Fifth Circuit”

One Day After the Second Circuit Rules, a Split Fourth Circuit Panel Comes Out the Other Way on the Trump Administration’s “Public Charge Rule” and Nationwide Injunctions

Finding “nationwide injunctions” to be a “drastic and extraordinary remedy” restricted “to the most exceptional circumstances,” a divided Fourth Circuit panel holds in Casa De Maryland, Inc. v. Trump, No. 19-2222 (4th Cir. Aug. 5, 2020) that the district court abused its discretion by issuing an injunction that reached beyond the organization and its membersContinue reading “One Day After the Second Circuit Rules, a Split Fourth Circuit Panel Comes Out the Other Way on the Trump Administration’s “Public Charge Rule” and Nationwide Injunctions”

Second Circuit Exercises Discretion to Scale Nationwide Injunction of “Public Charge Rule” Back to Geographic Scope of Circuit

In New York v. United States Dep’t of Homeland Sec., No. 19-3595 (2d Cir. Aug. 4, 2020), the Second Circuit joins the roiling debate about the authority of federal district courts to enter nationwide injunctions against the federal government. The panel affirms a preliminary injunction entered against the Trump Administration’s 2019 amendments to the “publicContinue reading “Second Circuit Exercises Discretion to Scale Nationwide Injunction of “Public Charge Rule” Back to Geographic Scope of Circuit”

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