Does the Jury Have the Right to Know About Mandatory Minimums?

Does the Jury Have the Right to Know About Mandatory Minimums?

Jarvis Taylor was on trial for committing an armed robbery with an air gun. Because his prior criminal history included theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a tool for the commission of a crime, and aggravated assault for his actions during a jail riot, a conviction for the armed robbery would have meant a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

On Unintended Consequences: Will the B&B SCOTUS Ruling Encourage Trademark Bullies?

By | DuetsBlog | March 30, 2015

Last week, while I was preparing for and had the unique opportunity of arguing a real, live TTAB final hearing on the merits, outside the TTAB’s typical oral hearing location (because it was selected by the TTAB to be part of the ABA’s IPLSpring continuing education conference in Bethesda, Maryland), the Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.