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Assistant Federal Public Defender – Fort Lauderdale

FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FORT LAUDERDALE OFFICE The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender in our Fort Lauderdale office. The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the United States Courts, an Equal Opportunity Employer, [...]

2018-09-21T19:36:35+00:00September 21st, 2018|

Accepting Applications for the Criminal Just Act Panel

PUBLIC NOTICE CONCERNING CJA PANEL MEMBERSHIP The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida is seeking applicants for the SDFL Criminal Justice Act Panel (CJA Panel) for a three-year term beginning October 1, 2018. The CJA Panel is comprised of private attorneys who are authorized to serve as appointed defense counsel pursuant [...]

2018-07-16T15:42:15+00:00July 16th, 2018|


FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE - Southern District of Florida LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY             The Federal Public Defender's Office for the Southern District of Florida represents indigent defendants in federal criminal cases and is managed by the Federal Public Defender, who is appointed by the Eleventh Circuit. The office is staffed by Assistant Federal Public [...]

2018-07-09T19:56:40+00:00July 9th, 2018|

United States v. Morales, No. 16-16507 (June 29, 2018)

In United States v. Morales, No. 16-16507 (June 29, 2018) (Ed Carnes, Marcus, Ross), the Court upheld the defendant's felon in possession conviction and sentence. First, the Court upheld the denial of the defendant's motion to suppress a warrantless search of the home based on the consent of a co-occupant.  The Court determined that the [...]

2018-06-29T18:04:00+00:00June 29th, 2018|

United States v. Knowles, No. 16-16802 (May 15, 2018)

In United States v. Knowles, No. 16-16802 (May 15, 2018) (Jordan, Martin, Ginsburg), the Court concluded that the district court erred by excluding lay identification testimony, but it found the error harmless. The district court had admitted under Rule 701 identification testimony from a government witness.  The Court rejected the defendant's argument that the testimony [...]

2018-05-16T13:36:01+00:00May 16th, 2018|


To Arun Ravindran and Vanessa Chen for securing a government dismissal in a case involving drug and gun charges. Arun and Vanessa moved to suppress the evidence and the magistrate judge agreed that the evidence should be excluded. Rather than objecting to the judge's report and recommendation, the government dismissed.

2018-05-14T19:37:28+00:00May 14th, 2018|

Sessions v. Dimaya (April 17, 2018)

Relying on Johnson, the court, in an opinion by Justice Elena Kagan, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and, in large part, Neil Gorsuch, affirmed the 9th Circuit’s ruling that Section 16(b) is unconstitutionally vague. The court began by noting that to determine whether a person’s conduct falls within the ambit of [...]

2018-04-30T20:57:53+00:00April 30th, 2018|