Monday, June 14, 2010

United States v. O'Donnell (9th Cir. - June 14, 2010)

Okay, so you haven't had an exceptionally wonderful morning. It's Monday, after all. Back to the grind.

But did your Monday morning see the Ninth Circuit reinstate two criminal felony charges against you?

That's how prominent Los Angeles attorney Pierce O'Donnell started his work week.

The district court thought that the relevant statute didn't prohibit O'Donnell from giving $26,000 to the Edwards for President campaign through 13 "straw donors," so dismissed the first two counts of the indictment against O'Donnell. The United States disagreed, and the Ninth Circuit agreed with the United States. So back to defending a couple of federal felony counts for O'Donnell.

Sort of makes your not-so-fun Monday morning pale in comparison, eh?