NACDL - Bravo-Fernandez v. United States

Bravo-Fernandez v. United States

Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners.

Brief filed: 06/17/2016

Documents

Bravo-Fernandez v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 15-537

Prior Decision

Decision below United States v. Bravo-Fernandez790 F.3d 41 (1st Cir. June 15, 2015).

Argument

Relying on a vacated conviction to deprive an acquittal of its collateral estoppel effect is inconsistent with Yeager and fundamentally unfair. The First Circuit's decision makes collateral estoppel effectively unavailable in multi-count prosecutions resulting in a vacated conviction. The First Circuit's decision encourages overcharging and successive prosecutions.

Author(s)

Jeffrey T. Green and Cormac A. Early, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC; David Porter, Washington, DC.