Manatt Phelps Committed Malicious Prosecution, Court of Appeals Holds
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Criminal Conviction Reversed for Disallowing Discovery

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Andrew True Stever brings a direct appeal of his conviction, after trial by jury, on one count of conspiracy to manufacture 1000 or more marijuana plants, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846, and one count of manufacture of marijuana, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). Stever sought to defend on the ground that the marijuana growing operation found on an isolated corner of his mother’s 400-acre property was the work of one of the Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) that had recently infiltrated Oregon. He was prevented from doing so by two district court rulings, the first denying him discovery related to the operations of DTOs and the second declaring that defense off-limits. We consider whether these rulings violated Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Stever’s rights under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), and Stever’s Sixth Amendment right to make a defense.

United States v. Sever (CA9) (here).  In reversing gthe opinion, the unanimous panel noted that in refusing to permit discovery, "The district court’s conclusion was illogical."