Dan Wenner and Danielle Corcione authored an article titled "Guilty Plea's Constitutional Consequence Heads to High Court" that was published by Law360. The article discusses the upcoming case, Class v. United States, in which the Supreme Court will decide whether a "guilty plea inherently waives a defendant's right to challenge the constitutionality of his statute of conviction." In Class, the defendant was prosecuted for having firearms on the "Capitol grounds," which is a statutorily defined area where firearms are prohibited. Class claimed the statute violated his Second Amendment rights, but the district court disagreed. Class pleaded guilty without specifically preserving his constitutional challenge for appeal. On appeal, the court dismissed his case because he had pleaded guilty and held that the guilty plea extinguished his constitutional claims. To resolve a circuit split about whether a guilty plea extinguishes claims that the statute of prosecution is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court granted certiorari. Wenner and Corcione concluded that regardless of how the Supreme Court resolves the issue, explicitly preserving constitutional issues in plea agreements is "an important belt-and-suspenders approach to ensur[ing] that any defendant is not caught in Class's position."
On May 25, the Federal Bar Council held a CLE, entitled: "Second Circuit Appellate Advocacy Workshop," which was coordinated by Dan Wenner.
Elizabeth Latif moderated and Jed Davis spoke on the panel, entitled: "Preventing, Confronting and Surviving Cyber Incidents for In-House Counsel" at the firm's Hartford office on May 17.
Dan Wenner and Stan Twardy authored an article titled "How Much is Too Much? Forfeitures and the Eighth Amendment" (PDF) for the American Bar Association's Section of Criminal Justice.
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Stan Twardy was quoted by the CT Law Tribune in an article that discussed the unfertile ground for law firm merges and acquisitions – with one exception.
Stan Twardy was featured in a Q&A piece in the CT Law Tribune in which he discussed his time as the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, the challenges faced in dealing with clients involved in both civil and criminal cases and the best way to prepare for success before trial.
David Doot was quoted in an article, Worries Abound As FERC Quorum Shortfall Hits 3-Month Mark, published in Law360.
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