Thanks to Sentencing Law and Policy

Professor Berman over at Sentencing Law and Policy was kind enough to call my blog to his readers’ attention.  I thank him for that and I welcome any readers who might be checking out this blog for the first time.  As Professor Berman mentioned, I’m new to the blogosphere, so I certainly welcome your feedback and ideas.  (I’ve already received some good ones.)  Feel free to post in the comments or to e-mail me at civil.criminal.distinction@gmail.com.  I hope to contibute something useful to the discourse around this important but fraught area of law.

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  1. Z

    There is an appeal in the 9th Circuit from an order imposing sanctions and referrals to state bars, the U.S. Attorney’s office, and the Criminal Investigative Division from the IRS. The appellants are arguing that the show cause proceedings were actually criminal in nature and thus they were deprived of due process.

    The case started out as a routine copyright infringement case involving illegal downloads through BitTorrent, but quickly escalated into one involving identity theft, forgery, mysterious Caribbean shell companies, which may be entirely owned and run by the plaintiffs, and assorted attorney misconduct.

    Providing all of the documents would be time consuming but two of the most relevant ones are the application for the emergency stay and the order being appealed.

    First document here is a denied motion for an emergency stay that foreshadows the arguments on appeal. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130520/12190223151/prendas-paul-hansmeier-asks-appeals-court-to-delay-sanctions-appeals-court-says-no-try-again.shtml

    The order issuing sanctions is here. http://ia601508.us.archive.org/28/items/gov.uscourts.cacd.543744/gov.uscourts.cacd.543744.130.0.pdf

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