Judge Barrett on the First Step Act

These cases are presented in the order that is easiest to read. As always, before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. United States v. Sparkman (3 September, 2020) Tony Sparkman was a gangster who robbed drug dealers. His gang committed robberies, kidnappings, and even murders. [2] Mr. Sparkman was convicted of manyContinue reading “Judge Barrett on the First Step Act”

Judge Barrett on Criminal Law VI

As always, before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. United States v. Watson (2018) Somebody called 911 to report that “boys” were “playing with guns” in a parking lot. The caller did not identify himself but said he was fourteen years old, that he had borrowed a mobile phone, and that heContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Criminal Law VI”

Judge Barrett on Criminal Law V

As always, before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. Sims v. Hyatte (2019) A man shot Shane Carey in the face. Less than half an hour later, all Mr. Carey could tell police about his attacker was that the man had been Black, possibly in his late twenties, with short or noContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Criminal Law V”

Judge Barrett on Criminal Law IV

Before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. Schmidt v. Foster (2018) Judge Barrett listed this “in addition to the nine opinions authored by [her]” (referring to ten decisions, one of which was per curiam) as one of the most significant cases before her on the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.Continue reading “Judge Barrett on Criminal Law IV”

Judge Barrett on Criminal Law III

Before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. United States v. Hagen (2019) In the school year beginning in 2013, one of Mandy Hagen’s children missed 21 days of school. In 2015, her other child was absent without being excused eighteen times. Ms. Hagen pleaded guilty to two counts of allowing child truancy,Continue reading “Judge Barrett on Criminal Law III”

Judge Barrett on Employment Law III

Before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. Vega v. Chicago Park District (2020) In 2011, Lydia Vega had worked for the Chicago Park District for almost 25 years and had held the position of park supervisor for seven. [2] Then, one or two anonymous individuals reported to the Park District that Ms.Continue reading “Judge Barrett on Employment Law III”

Judge Barrett on Employment Law I

Before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. Grussgott v. Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Inc. (2018) Judge Barrett listed this as number 6 of the ten (actually eleven) most important cases she decided while serving on the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. She described the case as follows: Miriam Grussgot, [sic]Continue reading “Judge Barrett on Employment Law I”

Judge Barrett on Employment Law II

Before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. Graham v. Arctic Zone Iceplex, LLC (2019) James Graham, Jr. was hired as head mechanic and maintenance supervisor at the ice rink Arctic Zone. [2] He was never an ideal employee: customers complained about his attitude; the staff didn’t like it either; and he rarelyContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Employment Law II”

Judge Barrett on Criminal Law II

Before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. Chazen v. Marske (2019) Non-lawyers might want to skip this one. It’s technical and complicated. Todd Chazen had a lot of felony convictions. He had been convicted for assault, manufacture of a controlled substance, escape from custody, and burglary. He had been convicted for theContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Criminal Law II”

Judge Barrett on Arbitration

Before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. Wallace v. Grubhub Holdings, Inc. (2020) Judge Barrett lists this decision as number 7 of her ten (actually eleven) most significant cases. She describes the case as follows: This appeal required us to decide whether food delivery drivers for Grubhub are exempt from the FederalContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Arbitration”