The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the firm’s client, vacating his sentence and remanding for resentencing. After the firm filed its opening brief, the government conceded that the district judge’s extensive, ex-parte communications with the U.S. Attorney’s Office demonstrated an appearance of bias in favor of the government. The Seventh Circuit concluded that, because of the judge’s broad discretion in sentencing, the judge’s failure to recuse himself was not harmless error.
Michelle Jacobs and Vanessa Eisenmann represented the defendant on appeal, and Jacobs presented oral argument. The firm now has 17 criminal-defense victories in the Seventh Circuit since opening in 2013.
Related coverage: Opinion 18-2113
Practice areas: Appellate, Criminal Defense.