United States v. Modanlo, No. 13-4378 (4th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Twenty days after his trial had begun, before the prosecution had finished presenting its evidence, defendant filed a notice of appeal of the district court's written order denying his motion to dismiss one of the eleven charges against him as barred by collateral estoppel. Sixteen days later, on the eve of jury deliberations, defendant filed a second notice of appeal challenging the district court's denial of his motion to sever that same charge from the remainder of the trial. The court dismissed because neither notice was effective to confer appellate jurisdiction over the merits of the underlying rulings.