Criminal Law

Courthouse Steps: Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado - Podcast

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
John C. Richter October 11, 2016

On Tuesday, October 11, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado. This case involves the constitutionality of a Colorado rule that bars a defendant from introducing evidence that a juror was racially biased. The justices will consider whether applying a no-impeachment rule to block evidence in this context violates the Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury.


  • John C. Richter, Partner, King & Spalding

Courthouse Steps: Salman v. U.S. Oral Arguments - Podcast

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
Todd F. Braunstein October 10, 2016

On Wednesday, October 5, the Supreme Court heard argument in Salman v. U.S. on what constitutes a personal benefit in insider trading.  The Court will consider the Ninth Circuit’s holding in this matter that a personal benefit can be established by the fact that a tippee shared a close family relationship. The Second Circuit previously held in United States v. Newman that a personal benefit to an insider necessary to establish insider trading under Dirks v. SEC requires proof of “an exchange that is objective, consequential, and represents at least a potential gain of a pecuniary or similarly valuable nature.” 


  • Todd F. Braunstein, Global Head of Legal Investigations, Willis Towers Watson