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Second Circuit Vacates Conviction Because the District Court Did Not Permit Adequate Inquiry Into Juror Anti-Gang Bias

In United States v. Nieves, No. 21-1901 (2d Cir. Jan. 26, 2023), the Second Circuit took the rare step of tossing a criminal conviction because “the district court abused its discretion by failing to take any of several possible steps that could have effectively screened prospective jurors for [anti-gang] bias.” Defendant Nieves was charged with…

Plaintiff Should Not Have Rested on Complaint Allegations to Establish Amount in Controversy in Diversity Case, Holds First Circuit

In Andersen v. Vagaro, Inc., No. 22-1471 (1st Cir. Jan. 3, 2022), The First Circuit affirms dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction where the plaintiff, though duly warned, failed to allege facts or present evidence to support that amount in controversy exceeded $75,000 was required by 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a). “Andersen owned and operated…

Split Second Circuit Panel Debates Judicial Deference to Prosecutorial Discretion to Dismiss a Prosecution That Has Already Been Tried to Verdict

In United States v. v. Blaszczak, No. 18-2811 (2d Cir. Dec. 28, 2022), the panelists disagree about whether a federal court owes deference to the Justice Department’s decision to abandon prosecution on a claim at the appeal stage. “This appeal returns to us on remand from the United States Supreme Court for further consideration, in…

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