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Supreme Court to Hear Argument in Yates v. United States on November 5; Will Examine Use of post-Enron Law in Prosecution of Fisherman

Washington, DC (October 29, 2014) – On Wednesday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m., the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Yates v. United States (13-7451), a case highlighting the dangerous consequences stemming from the unconstitutional executive expansion of the federal law. In Yates v. United States, the government used a post-Enron anti-shredding statute to prosecute a fisherman for the disappearance of three fish from his shipping vessel.

NACDL Is Sponsoring Telephonic Media Q&A Following Argument 

NACDL's amicus brief author in this case, William N. Shepherd, will be available to answer questions from the media about the case and the argument shortly following the argument on November 5. Mr. Shepherd, a criminal defense lawyer and member of NACDL, is the former statewide prosecutor of Florida and is currently a partner at the law firm of Holland & Knight.  

Telephonic Q&A – 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Dial-in: 866-599-3690
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NACDL's amicus February 5, 2014, amicus curiae brief in support of the petition requesting the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of Yates v. United States is available here. And NACDL's July 7, 2014, joint amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on the merits is available here.

A short animated video about the Yates case and the issues it presents is available here.

A link to NACDL’s The Criminal Docket podcast episode featuring Bill Shepherd on the Yates case is available here.

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