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Hoffman v. United States

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
18-1049 5th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether a federal court must grant a motion for judgment of acquittal when, construing the evidence in the light most favorable to the government, evidence of guilt and innocence is evenly balanced; and (2) whether a conviction for mail or wire fraud must be vacated when it is based on claims for benefits under an ambiguous regulatory scheme and the defendant acted consistently with an objectively reasonable interpretation of that scheme.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Dec 17 2018Application (18A638) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from January 8, 2019 to February 7, 2019, submitted to Justice Alito.
Dec 18 2018Application (18A638) granted by Justice Alito extending the time to file until February 7, 2019.
Feb 07 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 13, 2019)
Feb 26 2019Blanket Consent filed by Petitioners, Peter M. Hoffman, et al.
Mar 05 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response from March 13, 2019 to April 12, 2019, submitted to The Clerk.
Mar 06 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including April 12, 2019.
Mar 13 2019Brief amicus curiae of Criminal Law Professors filed.
Mar 13 2019Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed.
Mar 13 2019Brief amici curiae of Retired Federal Judges filed.
Apr 12 2019Brief of respondent United States of America in opposition filed.
Apr 30 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/16/2019.
Apr 30 2019Reply of petitioners Peter M. Hoffman, et al. filed. (Distributed)
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