Brief filed: 10/09/2020
United States v. Blaszczak
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 20-306 & 20-5649
Decision below 947 F.3d 19 (2nd Cir. Dec. 30, 2019)
The Second Circuit’s interpretations of “property” and “thing of value” violate this Court’s precedents. Deeming regulatory information “confidential” does not give the government a property interest in that information. Confidential information about regulatory plans is not “a thing of value” under Section 641. The Second Circuit’s interpretations of “property” and “thing of value” criminalize core First Amendment activity.
Peter G. Neiman, Nicholas R. Werle, and Cary A. Glynn, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, New York, NY; Jeffrey T. Green, NACDL, Washington, DC.