7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: United States of America v. Angela Baldwin
Case No.: 22-1835
Officials: Scudder, Kirsch, and Lee, Circuit Judges.
Focus: Vindictive Prosecution
Russell Taylor and Angela Baldwin, then husband and wife, came to the government’s attention thanks to an investigation into Jared Fogle’s sexual exploitation of young girls. Angela Baldwin and her then-husband, Russell Taylor, sexually exploited four girls, including her two daughters and her niece. They conspired to produce and distributed explicit videos—some secretly recorded—of the girls. She sexually assaulted three of them. A jury convicted her of those crimes. She contends that her prosecution was vindictive and that her sentence is excessive. Neither contention has merit. Baldwin’s indictment was five years after Taylor was first indicted. Waiting to build a stronger case before pursuing an indictment is evidence of responsible, rather than vindictive, government behavior. Taylor’s success in vacating his original conviction stemmed from his counsel’s incompetence, not missteps by the government.