United States v. Wilson

Brief of Amici Curiae the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers in Support of Defendant-Appellant John Wilson and Reversal.

Brief filed: 05/02/2022


United States v. Wilson

1st Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 22-1138

Prior Decision

D. Mass No. 19-cr-10080


NACDL’s amicus brief argues that the federal fraud statutes protect only traditional concepts of property. The universities lost control over the composition of their incoming classes, which is not “property.” The “right to control” theory cannot salvage the property fraud convictions in this case. That theory does not apply here and, even if it did, the theory is doctrinally unsound. The government’s theory of property fraud has no limiting principle and would criminalize even the most trivial of deceptive conduct.


Michael J. Iacopino, NACDL Amicus Committee 1st Circuit Vice-Chair, Manchester, NH; Steven F. Molo and Leonid Grinberg, MoloLamken LLP, New York, NY; Justin V. Shur and Kenneth E. Notter III, MoloLamken LLP, Washington, DC.

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