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"As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges."

A headline at The Hill.Ukraine’s top prosecutor divulged in an interview aired Wednesday on Hill.TV that he has opened an investigation into whether his country’s law enforcement apparatus intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton....ADDED: It should say "As allegations of Russia collusion fades." The collusion didn't fade. There was no collusion....
Tags: Law, Russia, Hillary Clinton, Clinton, Trump, 2016 Campaign, Hill, Ann Althouse, Hillary's in trouble, Paul Manafort, The Hill Ukraine


Morning Docket: 03.15.19

* "This is not a normal vote. This will be a vote about the very nature of our constitution and the separation of powers." The Senate voted to reject President Trump's declaration of the national emergency, with 12 Republicans joining with their Democratic colleagues. Now, we'll wait for the reality TV spectacular that will be the president's first veto. [Washington Post] * A poster of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the target of anti-Semitic graffiti in New York. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task F...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, Copyright, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Deaths, Department Of Justice, Title IX, Donald Trump, Nirvana, Marc Jacobs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Department, Kurt Cobain


Finding lessons in the Manafort sentencing and California's capital moratorium

Brandon Garrett has this great new little piece at The New Republic under the headline "Beyond Hard Time: What the disparate reactions to Manafort's sentence and California's death penalty ban reveal about our broken system."  I recommend the piece in full, and here is a taste: Is it hypocritical to call for less severe sentences for “regular” criminals while decrying leniency for white-collar defendants?  Those debates are now roiling the pundit world, but as a longtime student of disparities ...
Tags: Law, California, New Republic, Internal Revenue Service, Newsom, Douglas A Berman, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Brandon Garrett


Finding lessons the Manafort sentencing and California's capital moratorium

Brandon Garrett has this great new little piece at The New Republic under the headline "Beyond Hard Time: What the disparate reactions to Manafort's sentence and California's death penalty ban reveal about our broken system."  I recommend the piece in full, and here is a taste: Is it hypocritical to call for less severe sentences for “regular” criminals while decrying leniency for white-collar defendants?  Those debates are now roiling the pundit world, but as a longtime student of disparities ...
Tags: Law, California, New Republic, Internal Revenue Service, Newsom, Douglas A Berman, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Brandon Garrett


Morning Docket: 03.14.19

* With those big, complex planes grounded, it's time to start gearing up for some lawsuits. [Law.com] * Another lawyer involved in the college entrance cheating and bribery scandal. [The Recorder] * Speaking of lawsuits and the admissions scandal... the first class action has been filed. [Courthouse News Service] * Biglaw firm posts record revenue and profits. This story is basically interchangeable with all the other ones from the past couple weeks. Whether or not it's sustainable is another...
Tags: Law, Cbs News, Cy Vance, Susan Collins, Biglaw, Courthouse News Service, Morning Docket, Debevoise & Plimpton, Paul Manafort


Paul Manafort Gets 7.5 Years, Which Is Fine. It’s Fine.

All in, Paul Manafort is going to jail for a while, which is as good as it gets.
Tags: Crime, Law, Government, Sentencing, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort


Mapping out next possible celebrity sentencings in wake of indictment in college admissions scandal

Now that Paul Manafort's sentencings are concluded (basics here and here, new commentary from Ellen Podgor here), perhaps it is time to move on to the next high-profile "celebrity" white-collar case.  Though few cases will have the political intrigue of the Manafort matter, there is plenty of star power surrounding the new indictments yesterday revealing a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported at...
Tags: Law, New York City, US, Cnn, Huffman, Pate, Loughlin, Douglas A Berman, Lori Loughlin, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Page Pate, Mimi Rocah, ROCAH, Ellen Podgor, University of Georgia Law


Paul Manafort gets additional (consecutive) 43 months in prison at second sentencing, resulting in 7.5 year total term

As reported in this Politico piece, headlined "Paul Manafort’s prison sentence was upped to seven-and-a-half years on Wednesday, bringing an end to Robert Mueller’s most public legal battle and capping a spectacular fall for the globe-trotting GOP consultant and former chairman of the Trump campaign." Here is more: It's the longest sentence by far for anyone ensnared in Mueller’s nearly two-year-old probe. Manafort’s punishment reached its final length after U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman...
Tags: Law, Obama, Virginia, Ukraine, Gop, Moscow, Jackson, Donald Trump, Trump, U S District Court, Mueller, Alexandria Va, Robert Mueller, Douglas A Berman, Amy Berman Jackson, Prez Trump


Morning Docket: 03.13.19

* Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of the House Intelligence Committee is none too pleased with the Justice Department at the moment. Apparently two unnamed senior officials said the DOJ might refuse to share special counsel Robert Mueller's report with Congress, a claim Schiff called "absolutely insupportable." [ABC News] * Last week, Paul Manafort was sentenced to under four years in jail by Judge T.S. Ellis III (just a little less than the 19 to 24 years called for in the sentencing guideline...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, Congress, Breastfeeding, Theresa May, Department Of Justice, Usa Today, House Intelligence Committee, Women's Issues, Abc News, Sexual Harassment, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Brexit, Securities And Exchange Commission


Rounding up some of many thoughts about Paul Manafort's (first) federal sentence

Lots of folks have had lots and lots to say about Paul Manafort's first federal sentence of 47 months in prison (basics here).  I am disinclined to make any definitive assessment of whether I think justice has been served in this matter until we see the results of his first federal sentencing later this week.  In the meantime, however, I am happy to share a sampling of just some of the copious commentary from notable folks about Manafort's fate to date: From (former federal prosecutor) Frank Bow...
Tags: Law, US, Nancy Gertner, Ken White, Douglas A Berman, Frank Bowman, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Renato Mariotti, Rachel Marshall, Elie Honig, David Oscar Markus Four


Non Sequiturs: 03.10.19

* "I Thought I Could Be A Christian And Constitutionalist At Yale Law School. I Was Wrong." So writes Aaron Haviland, a 3L at Yale Law School. [The Federalist] * But if you can survive YLS as a conservative, you might thrive in the world beyond -- just ask Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who's now a powerful voice on judicial nominations. [Bench Memos / National Review] * How often does the Notorious RBG see a brief citing the Notorious BIG? Check out this fun read, filed in the Supreme Court on ...
Tags: Twitter, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Washington Post, Georgia, Rap, Sentencing, Free Speech, Fastcase, Alex Spiro, Yale Law School, TransUnion, Nancy Gertner, Stephen Cooper, Non-Sequiturs


Kansas doctor gets federal LWOP sentence for abusive opioid prescribing

In the wake of Paul Manafort's sentencing, lots of folks are complaining about privileged white defendants getting a different kind of justice than others.  But this federal sentencing story from Kansas, headlined "Wichita doctor who sold pain-med prescriptions for cash sentenced to life in prison," reveals that, in some cases, even some privileged white defendant will be subject to the most severe sentences possible. Here are the details: A Wichita doctor who illegally distributed addictive pr...
Tags: Law, Kansas, Vietnam, Wichita, Nicholas, Henson, McGovern, Marten, Michael Thompson, Douglas A Berman, LWOP, Paul Manafort, J Thomas Marten, Stephen McAllister, Steven R Henson


Morning Docket: 03.08.19

* Paul Manafort got 4 years out of a possible 24. A lot of breathless ranting will come out of this but the reality is 4 years is a significant amount of time to be incarcerated and the guidelines are crazy. Don't be mad that Manafort got too little, be mad that the system generally (and Judge Ellis in particular) unquestioningly applies the guidelines to give far too much to poor and minority defendants. [CNN] * Frankly, the charges that should earn Manafort heavy jail time are the charges of ...
Tags: Crime, Law, Uncategorized, New York Times, Jackson, Donald Trump, Trump, Don, Michael Cohen, Ellis, ATL, George Mason, Orrick, New York Law Journal, Amy Berman Jackson, Morning Docket


Paul Manafort given (only?) 47 months in prison at first federal sentencing

I worried that my prediction this morning that Paul Manafort would get 100 months at his first federal sentencing was a little low.  Turns out, I was way too high: he got only 47 months today.   Here are some details from The Hill: A federal judge on Thursday sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 47 months in prison, well below the amount recommended in sentencing guidelines. The sentence handed down by Judge T.S. Ellis III, a Reagan appointee, was significantly less than th...
Tags: Law, Washington, Russia, Reagan, New York Times, Manhattan, Jackson, Usc, Trump, Ellis, Mueller, Alexandria Va, Bernie Madoff, Cyrus Vance Jr, T S Ellis III, Robert Mueller


Manafort Sentencing: 47 Months

Paul Manafort is in the courtroom. He is in a wheelchair. If you are following, let us know what happens. [Added: I returned just as the prosecution was wrapping up its argument. The updates below start with the latest and work backwards. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Paul Manafort


Manafort Sentencing

Paul Manafort is in the courtroom. He is in a wheelchair. If you are following, let us know what happens. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Paul Manafort


Morning Docket: 03.07.19

* Paul Manafort sweating today as he only has a few more hours to commit more crimes. [NY Times] * Wilbur Ross broke the law and violated the Constitution over census question. [Washington Post] * As a change of pace from the daily updates on the criminal activity of those in Trump's orbit, Canada's government is embroiled in a corruption scandal too. But it's a polite scandal. [CBC] * Driverless vehicles are going to revolutionize everything -- including the law. [Legaltech News] * A wide-r...
Tags: Crime, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Fox, Canada, Fox News, Justin Trudeau, Cbc, Trump, Ny Times, Jimmy, FSU, Morning Docket, Wilbur Ross, Dan Markel


Any bold predictions for Paul Manafort's (first) sentencing hearing?

As reported in this Reuters piece, "President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will be sentenced by a U.S. judge in Virginia on Thursday for bank and tax fraud uncovered during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election."  Here is more reporting setting the basic context: U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis could deliver effectively a life sentence to Manafort, 69, if he follows federal sentencing guidelines cited by prosecutors that c...
Tags: Law, Washington, Virginia, Russia, Ukraine, Dc, Republican Party, Kremlin, Jackson, Donald Trump, Alexandria, Reuters, Ellis, Mueller, Jonas Savimbi, Viktor Yanukovych


Paul Manafort's sentencing memorandum in DC makes pitch for a sentence "significantly below" ten years

As reported in this Politico piece, counsel for "Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, pleaded on Monday for a federal judge to spare their 69-year-old client from a sentence that would essentially send him to prison for the rest of his life."  Here is more about the latest sentencing filing: In a 47-page filing, Manafort’s attorneys described a client who has been “personally, professionally, and financially” broken by special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and who ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Virginia, Russia, Ukraine, Dc, Jackson, Republican, Trump, U S District Court, Ellis, Enron, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Douglas A Berman, Amy Berman Jackson


Morning Docket: 02.25.19

* Some think Justice Clarence Thomas may be dropping hints that he's about to retire (e.g., this little First Amendment gem), but those who know him well think he's getting ready for a conservative revolution, and he's got an army of former clerks to back him up. [CNN] * It’s Mueller time! Special counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing memo for Paul Manafort is 800 pages long and makes the president’s former campaign chairman out to be a "hardened" and "bold" criminal who “repeatedly and brazenly”...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Bloomberg, Mtv, New York Times, Cy Vance, Usa Today, Donald Trump, R. Kelly, Chicago Tribune, Mueller, Clarence Thomas, Brooklyn Law School, Robert Mueller, Shazim Uppal


Mueller Files Sentencing Memo in Manafort's D.C. Case

Robert Mueller's office has filed its sentencing memorandum for Paul Manafort in his case in the District of Columbia. His guidelines are high, but since he's only being sentenced for two conspiracy counts, each of which has a statutory... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, District Of Columbia, Robert Mueller, Manafort, Paul Manafort


"One of the worst things to happen in America in the last two years is, surely, the birth and spread of the phrase 'nothing burger.'"

"It is used by President Trump’s supporters whenever Robert Mueller issues anything, including the many times he’s issued things that are, quite clearly, something burgers, with lots of shocking and damaging information that implicates people close to the President in something that seems like potential collusion with Russia or other possibly related crimes. [The Paul Manafort sentencing memo], Mueller’s longest, can be seen, by avid followers of his investigation, as not only an exquisitely bui...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Russia, America, Hunger, Lists, Nothing, Slang, Trump, Davidson, Kaufman, Mueller, Andy Kaufman, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Analogies


Latest Manafort sentencing memorandum from Special Counsel pulls few punches

As reported in this Politico article, a "federal judge should consider giving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort a sentence that would send him to prison for at least 17 and a half years, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing made public Saturday."  Here is more from the article about the filing and the legal context now: Manafort faces a pair of sentencing hearings in the coming weeks in Virginia and in Washington where judges will determine what punishment he should ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, Virginia, Fbi, United States, Dc, Jackson, Alexandria, Trump, U S District Court, Ellis, Mueller, Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, Robert Mueller, Douglas A Berman


"Paul Manafort should not be sentenced to 20 years in prison"

The title of this post is the headline of this new Hill commentary authored by David Oscar Markus. Here are excerpts: A jury has spoken on Paul Manafort. He was found guilty, and he should be punished. But his reported sentencing guideline range of 19.5-24.5 years is a good example of how our criminal justice system has lost its way. Once, when trials were common, our system was the envy of the world. Now, trials almost never occur. (In the 1980s, over 20 percent of cases went to trial while le...
Tags: Law, Dc, Houston, Olis, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, David Oscar Markus Here, James Olis, Dynegy Corporation in Houston Texas Olis, David Gerger


Special Counsel's office files sentencing memorandum for Paul Manafort seemingly supporting guideline range of 235 to 293 months' imprisonment

As reported in this Politico article, headlined "Mueller: Manafort deserves 19.5 to 24.5 years in prison for Virginia convictions, Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed this submission "to address the sentencing of defendant Paul J. Manafort, Jr."  The Politico piece, along with lots of other press accounts, report that "Robert Mueller’s office recommended on Friday that Paul Manafort get up to 24-and-a-half years in prison for his conviction last summer for financial malfeasance."  But a careful...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Politico, United States, Dc, United States Treasury, Robert Mueller, Douglas A Berman, Probation Department, Prez Trump, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Paul J Manafort


Morning Docket: 02.14.19

* Paul Manafort is the Energizer Bunny of lying and he'd now botched his own plea deal. [Huffington Post] * Apple attorney in charge of insider trading compliance charged with... insider trading. [Law360] * John Roberts declared himself the First Amendment's most passionate defender at the Supreme Court, which is absolutely true if you limit the First Amendment to political bribery and bigots with cake shops. [National Law Journal] * EU adopts new copyright law! It's... not good. [EFF] * The...
Tags: Apple, UK, Supreme Court, Law, America, Eu, Harvard, Courts, Affirmative Action, Huffington Post, Biglaw, Insider Trading, John Roberts, Proskauer, Energizer Bunny, Morning Docket


Paul Manafort facing potentially longer sentence after judge concludes he failed to comply with plea deal

As reported in this new Politco piece, a "federal judge ruled partly in favor of special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday that Paul Manafort violated the terms of his guilty plea by lying to federal prosecutors and a grand jury." Here is more and why this is ultimately a sentencing story: The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson confirms some of Mueller’s latest set of charges against the former Donald Trump campaign chairman that he lied during guilty-plea-stipulated coo...
Tags: Law, Washington, Virginia, Dc, Jackson, Donald Trump, Trump, U S District Court, Mueller, Alexandria Va, Robert Mueller, Douglas A Berman, Amy Berman Jackson, Prez Trump, Manafort, Paul Manafort


Morning Docket: 01.18.19

* Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, which was a rotten thing to do to America's hottest lawyer. [Buzzfeed] * Skadden settles with government over Manafort fiasco to the tune of $4.6 million. [NY Times] * Ben Brafman officially out as Harvey Weinstein's lawyer. [Law360] * Net neutrality case will press forward after the DC Circuit told the FCC it couldn't use Trump's shutdown as an excuse to delay the case. [National Law Journal] * Clients planning to spend more on tech and l...
Tags: Fcc, Net Neutrality, Law, Congress, America, Ars Technica, Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Trump, Ny Times, Michael Cohen, Skadden, National Law Journal, DC Circuit, Ben Brafman


Manafort Suspended In DC

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has suspended Paul Manafort From the Bar's web page Date of Action: January 10, 2019 Type of action: Court action Summary of Action: Manafort was suspended on an interim basis based upon his... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Dc, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Manafort, Paul Manafort



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