United States v. Carpenter, No. 14-1286 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
This appeal was the third time the First Circuit opined on United States’ prosecution of Defendant for mail and wire fraud. The Court first affirmed a district court order setting aside a jury verdict of guilty in favor of a new trial. After a second jury also found Defendant guilty, the Court reversed a district court order setting aside that verdict and remanded for sentencing. Here, the Court considered Defendant’s argument on direct appeal that the lengthy duration of this criminal proceeding violated his constitutional and statutory speedy trial rights. The First Circuit affirmed the orders of the district court on all counts, holding (1) Defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights were not violated; (2) the government did not violate the Speedy Trial Act in this case; (3) the district court did not err when it denied Defendant’s motion for acquittal or motion for a new trial based on newly discovered evidence; and (4) the district court did not abuse its discretion in sentencing Defendant.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on April 9, 2015.