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7th Circuit Digest

Mar 20, 2022

Habeas Relief – Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Michael Gilbreath was convicted by a Wisconsin jury of first degree sexual assault of a child for repeatedly molesting his step-granddaughter, S.L., beginning in approximately 2002 or 2003 when she was nine years old, and ending in 2006 when she was twelve.

Mar 20, 2022

Frivolous Appeal – Sanctions

Samuel and Elizabeth Wegbreit sheltered several million dollars of income in a life‐insurance policy held by a sham trust.

Mar 20, 2022

De Novo Review – Sentencing Guidelines

Nathan Mansfield was convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and sentenced to 188 months in prison.

Mar 20, 2022

Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act Violation

After Sylvia Leszanczuk defaulted on her mortgage, her mortgage servicer, Carrington Mortgage Services, inspected her residence and charged her a $20.00 fee for the inspection.

Mar 20, 2022

First Step Act – Compassionate Release

Ronnie Martin was sentenced to 43 months’ imprisonment for possessing heroin with the intent to distribute. 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1).

Mar 20, 2022

Sentencing Guidelines – Enhancement

Sultan Issa embezzled tens of millions of dollars, pled guilty, and was sentenced to a below Guidelines 200 months in prison.

Mar 20, 2022

Recreational Immunity

After Brent Ludwig drowned in a tragic accident on United States Forest Service property in Oregon, Dana Ludwig, his wife and administrator of his estate, brought an action against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Dana Ludwig sought damages for both negligence and wrongful death.

Mar 14, 2022

Sentencing Guidelines – RICO Violation

David Perez was a member of the Latin Kings street gang in Maywood, Illinois, and served in several leadership positions in which he ordered or personally carried out acts of violence, including the attempted murder of a former gang member.

Mar 14, 2022

Writ of Coram Nobis

Orvil Hassebrock, who has served his sentence for tax crimes, appeals from the district court’s order denying his petition for a writ of coram nobis.

Mar 14, 2022

Restitution Order

In 2019, a jury convicted Ana Alverez of thirteen counts stemming from her participation in a scheme involving the creation of hundreds of fake credit cards.

Mar 14, 2022

Warrantless Search & Seizure – Suppression of Evidence

A deputy sheriff on drug-interdiction duty in central Illinois observed an RV with a dirty license plate traveling on Interstate 72.

Mar 14, 2022

Qualified Immunity

Cory Lovelace died in her bed one morning in February 2006.


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