Monday, April 20, 2015

U.S. v. Mazzarella (9th Cir. - April 20, 2015)

Judge Gould remands this conviction back to the district court for some additional factfinding.  With a reminder that prosecutors are under an obligation to do justice, not merely to secure convictions.

My guess is that there might be a slight change in the result below after the remand is over.  But that the defendant -- who was changed with classic mortgage scams (straw buyers, inflated income claims, etc.) during the bubble -- would be convicted on retrial anyway.

None of which means we shouldn't get the result right, of course.

But Ms. Mazzarella shouldn't get her hopes up about getting off entirely.