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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit - Justia Case Law Summaries

  • Kirk v. Department of Justice
    After Kirk was convicted for wire and mail fraud, the judge cut her sentence from 188 to 110 months for providing substantial assistance to prosecutors, Fed. R. Crim. P. 35(b). Kirk contends that she subsequently provided additional assistance, but the prosecutor declined to file a second motion....
  • United States v. Briseno
    Briseno was tried for multiple crimes relating to his association with the East Chicago Imperial Gangsters. After the government’s case‐in‐chief, the judge granted Briseno’s motion for acquittal only as to the counts relating to the attempted murder of Arenivas. During closing argument, the...
  • Jones v. Qualkinbush
    The petitioners sought to place on the ballot a proposition that, if approved by the voters, would impose mayoral term limits. If approved, the proposition would prevent the incumbent mayor from running for reelection. The County Clerk refused to place the proposition on the ballot because Calumet...
  • Yates v. United States
    Yates was sentenced as an armed career criminal under 18 U.S.C. 924(e) in 2003. The district court concluded that he had six qualifying prior convictions; the statute provides that three or more require an enhanced sentence. After the Supreme Court held in 2015 that the “residual clause” in...
  • United States v. Raney
    In 2001, Raney was convicted of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in a sexual act and attempt to manufacture child pornography. He was sentenced to 145 months’ imprisonment. In 2012, he began serving three years of supervised release. During that term, the district court found that...
  • Dobbs v. McLaughlin
    Doctors replaced Dobbs’s hip with a DePuy ASR artificial hip, which was defective and caused Dobbs pain and other problems. Dobbs hired McLaughlin to represent him in the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Multidistrict Litigation for a 35 percent contingency fee. A year later, DePuy proposed a “Global...
  • Frazier v. Varga
    Just days after his release from prison in 1995, Frazier entered the apartment of a 62-year-old woman and attempted to rob her at gunpoint. The woman distracted Frazier, struggled for the gun, and eventually fled. Frazier received a bullet wound. Frazier was convicted of home invasion and received...
  • Piotrowski v. Menard, Inc.
    Piotrowski, walking in the parking lot at a Menard's store, stepped on one or two small rocks that she had not seen. She fell, very hard, outside the store entrance. About 50-125 feet away, there is a large concrete planter, containing decorative “river rock.” The store’s front end manager had...
  • Haywood v. Hathaway
    Haywood, an inmate at Illinois’s Shawnee Correctional Center, accused a teacher of attacking him. Guards charged him with making false statements. A disciplinary panel found him guilty, ordered him transferred to segregation for two months, and revoked one month of good‐time credit. He was...
  • Gracia v. SigmaTron International, Inc.
    Gracia began working on the SigmaTron assembly line in 1999. Gracia was promoted multiple times and became assembly supervisor in 2004, reporting to Silverman. In 2007, Silverman sent Gracia emails containing photographs of partially nude women in degrading poses. In 2008, he sent Gracia an email...

 

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