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U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit Oral Arguments

Monday, February 4, 2019
9:30am – 12:30pm

Law School
Reading Room, Starr Hall

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in six cases on February 4, 2019, in the Reading Room in William F. Starr Hall at UConn School of Law. RSVP only.

The Court will hear six arguments in the Reading Room in William F. Starr Hall. Arguments in each case will take approximately twenty minutes.

Court calendar:

Lindsey A. Kidd v. Thomson Reuters Corp. 17-3550-cv Fair credit reporting Thompson Reuters issued a report on the plaintiff that falsely stated she had a criminal record. A prospective employer purchased the report containing the false information and consequently rejected Kidd for employment. Thompson Reuters prohibits the use of such reports for employment screening, which is regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. At issue is whether Thompson Reuters is a consumer reporting agency covered by the Act. The company maintains that it is not, and disclaims responsibility for misuse of the report.

United States of America v. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh 17-1889-cr Aiding a foreign terrorist organization Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, a U.S. citizen working as an airplane mechanic in the Middle East, was convicted in 2016 of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and obstructing justice. The evidence used at trial included a letter that Pugh drafted to his wife, stating his intention to “establish and defend the Islamic States.” At issue is whether the letter should have been excluded under the marital communications privilege, whether the government proved its case, and whether his 35-year prison sentence was reasonable.

Kevin Jefferson v. Sergeant Rene Garcia, et al 17-1043-pr Kevin Jefferson filed suit and represented himself pro se in a complaint against members of the Suffolk County, N.Y., Police Department, alleging that they violated his civil rights in a 2013 arrest. A federal magistrate dismissed the case for failure to prosecute after Jefferson failed to appear at a pretrial conference, and also imposed a fine. At issue is whether the Court abused its discretion in dismissing the case and whether Jefferson may challenge the fine.

United States of America v. John Asmodeo 18-339-cr Fourth Amendment search and seizure In 2014, government agents seized a compact disc in a search of John Asmodeo’s apartment in Mahopac, New York. The government later conceded the search was unconstitutional. A video contained on the disc was later introduced as evidence at trial, but the government claimed it had obtained the video not from the search but from another source. Asmodeo was convicted on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor. At issue is whether the connection between the video and the unconstitutional search was sufficiently attenuated to allow the video to be introduced as evidence.

Richard Schoninger v. James Green, William Wilkison 18-382-cv Breach of contract The plaintiff alleges an oral agreement


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