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Some Court News

Yesterday we learned that the Federal 4th Circuit had denied former Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal. Not one of the fifteen Judges of the Appeals Court voted to reconsider the original panel’s decision to uphold his conviction. Now, his lawyers say that they are proceeding to the next level… The U.S. Supreme Court.

I had several at the office get that alert on their phones. They would mention it to me and then wonder aloud whether he now had to report to jail. While it’s not something I wish on him, it’s the next logical question. Maybe the Supreme Court will think that there is something novel about this case to hear it.  They won’t be influenced by the lower Court’s decision. The benefit of being a Supreme Court Justice!

That was yesterday’s news. Today, I have my eyes on a court in New York City. Tom Brady, Roger Goodell, and representatives for the NFL Players Association will appear before U.S. District Judge Richard Berman for a settlement conference at 11 a.m. in the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse.

I expect that the Judge’s settlement conference will see if there is any possibility for the NFL to reduce the four game suspension of Brady, while the Judge will put Brady and his representatives in another room and see if they are willing to accept some form of suspension in settlement, to forego their appeal.

It’s hard to tell if the Judge will lean on the parties like he would in a civil case settlement conference. There has been suggestion that if Brady acknowledges wrongdoing, that the NFL would be willing to reduce the suspension.

As a Colts fan, I have my definite opinion on this. Thankfully for both of us… I have a word limitation goal on my blog!! I will be interested at the news around lunchtime.

And for pic o’ day…


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