Barber v. USDC, San Francisco, No. 20-71276 (9th Cir. 2020)

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The Ninth Circuit denied a petition for writ of mandamus filed under the Crime Victims' Rights Act. The panel held that the district court did not abuse its discretion in determining the amount of restitution to which petitioner is entitled. Furthermore, the panel held that the district court's finding that the prior civil settlement reduced the amount of petitioner's loss was supported by the evidence and was neither an abuse of discretion nor legally erroneous.

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FILED FOR PUBLICATION MAY 12 2020 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT In re: SUSAN J. BARBER. ______________________________ No. U.S. COURT OF APPEALS 20-71276 D.C. No. 3:12-cr-00678-MMC-1 SUSAN J. BARBER, Petitioner, OPINION v. USDC, SAN FRANCISCO, Respondent, JAMES B. CATLEDGE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; DEREK F.C. ELLIOTT, Real Parties in Interest. Petition for Writ of Mandamus to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Maxine M. Chesney, District Judge, Presiding Submitted May 11, 2020 * San Francisco, California Before: SILVERMAN, NGUYEN, and COLLINS, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2). This is a petition for a writ of mandamus filed pursuant to the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (“CVRA”), 18 U.S.C. § 3771. We have carefully reviewed the district court record and the arguments of the parties, and hold that the district court did not abuse its discretion in determining the amount of restitution to which Barber is entitled. The district court's finding that the prior civil settlement reduced the amount of Barber's loss was supported by the evidence and was neither an abuse of discretion nor legally erroneous. See Kenna v. U.S. Dist. Court, 435 F.3d 1011, 1017 (9th Cir. 2006). The petition for a writ of mandamus is denied. DENIED. 2
Primary Holding
The Ninth Circuit denied a petition for writ of mandamus filed under the Crime Victims' Rights Act.

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