It’s a dog’s breakfast of victories in the nation’s federal criminal appellate courts.
Personally, I love a good case on the district court’s contempt power — look to see the Fourth Circuit’s contempt reversal in United States v. Peoples profiled in more depth a little later in the week. The case has everything — a pro se litigant, a finding of contempt, and profanity (which is tastefully referred to in the opinion). It reminds me of another great pro se contempt case from last year. It reminds me, too, of the Sixth Circuit’s relatively recent case on the limits of a district court’s power to sanction a lawyer. Always good stuff.
Which is not to give short shrift to the two other wins from last week — resentencing in an illegal reentry case and unsupported supervised release conditions in a federal sex case.