NACDL - United States v. Depue

Amicus Brief

Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Appellant (on petition for rehearing)

Brief filed: 04/05/2018

Documents

United States v. Depue

9th Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 15-10553

Prior Decision

Panel decision 879 F.3d 1021 (9th Cir. Jan. 11, 2018)

Argument

Rehearing is warranted to preserve the clarity and integrity of circuit precedent because the District Court’s decision to remove Juror 9 was inextricably intertwined with Juror 9’s self-declared status as “odd man out” in deliberations. The District Court failed to make the required factual findings to support “good cause” removal for mental or physical incapacity. The District Court  made no factual finding that Juror 9 had a mental incapacity that precluded him from continuing to deliberate. The District Court made no factual findings that could support the dismissal of Juror 9 for physical incapacity.

Author(s)

Donald M. Falk and Lee H. Rubin, Mayer Brown LLP, Palo Alto, CA.