Willamette Law Online

(4 summaries)

Bryan Thompson

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

TitleExcerptFilling Date
United States v. CrowderCriminal Procedure: Under the “knowingly” provision of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”), the government need only prove that a convicted sex offender, who subsequently failed to register or update his or her registration with the state, knew he or she was required to so register and knowingly failed to do so. The government does not need to prove that the offender also knew failure to so register would also violate the provisions of SORNA.(08-30-2011)
In re Bluetooth Headset Products Liability LitigationCivil Law: When parties in a class action agree to settle, the district court has an independent duty to review the settlement agreement to ensure the reasonableness of the settlement and to guard against collusion amongst parties from seeking their own benefit at the expense of the class.(08-19-2011)
United States v. VasquezCriminal Procedure: A search warrant which incorrectly lists a defendant’s rank and position in a criminal organization is still valid if, despite the error, the issuing magistrate would still have a substantial basis in believing that there was a “fair probability” evidence of criminal activity would be found.(08-15-2011)
United States v. HoustonCriminal Procedure: The offering of new, potentially exculpating evidence by the prosecution to the defense during the cross-examination of a witness does not constitute a Brady violation when the value of that evidence was first learned by the parties during the testimony of the witness.(08-03-2011)