Sixth Circuit Holds District Court Lacked Power to Order a Forensic Examination of a Juror’s Personal Electronics to Investigate Alleged Misconduct in a Criminal Case

In In re Sittenfeld, No. 22-3694 (6th Cir. Sept. 23, 2022), the Sixth Circuit denies a mandamus petition and thus leaves undisturbed the denial of an order sought by a criminal defendant to compel the forensic examination of a juror’s cellphone, computer, or “any electronic device that [the juror] used to make electronic communications.” “InContinue reading “Sixth Circuit Holds District Court Lacked Power to Order a Forensic Examination of a Juror’s Personal Electronics to Investigate Alleged Misconduct in a Criminal Case”

Mandamus Appropriate Remedy to Correct Violation of Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 and Rejection of Plea Agreement, Sixth Circuit Holds

In In re United States, No. 21-1318 (6th Cir. Apr. 26, 2022), the Sixth Circuit grants a writ of mandamus against a district court’s rejection of a plea bargain – and violation of Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 – based on the judge’s “longstanding practice” of rejecting plea agreements containing appeal waivers. During a pretrialContinue reading “Mandamus Appropriate Remedy to Correct Violation of Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 and Rejection of Plea Agreement, Sixth Circuit Holds”

Fifth Circuit Judges Clash in Gun “Free Speech” Case About Whether Mandamus Was Appropriate Relief to Vacate Joint Severance and Transfer Order

In Defense Distributed v. Bruck, No. 21-50327 (5th Cir. Apr. 1, 2022), a 2-1 panel of the Fifth Circuit issues a writ of mandamus directing a federal judge in the Western District of Texas to vacate an order severing and transferring part of a case to the District of New Jersey, and to request thatContinue reading “Fifth Circuit Judges Clash in Gun “Free Speech” Case About Whether Mandamus Was Appropriate Relief to Vacate Joint Severance and Transfer Order”

Seventh Circuit Issues Writ of Mandamus to Vacate District Court’s Grant of Stay Pending Certiorari

In In re A.F. Moore & Associates, Inc., No. 20-2497 (7th Cir. Sept. 10, 2020) (per curiam), the Seventh Circuit granted a petition for writ of mandamus to vacate a stay pending certiorari that was granted by the district court after the court of appeals had already denied it. “In January, we reversed the dismissalContinue reading “Seventh Circuit Issues Writ of Mandamus to Vacate District Court’s Grant of Stay Pending Certiorari”