Wednesday, November 21, 2012

U.S. v. Manning (9th Cir. - Nov. 21, 2012)

Let me get this straight:  The Sentencing Commission says that denying a crime -- for example, telling your  probation officer "No, I don't have any guns" -- doesn't count as obstruction of justice.  But according to today's opinion from the Ninth Circuit, saying "No, I don't have any guns; I gave them back to my brother" does indeed count as obstruction.

Yeah.  That makes sense.

I can see why this one's per curiam.  I wouldn't have wanted anyone to know that I authored the first full paragraph on page seven either.