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The Federal Docket is a monthly newsletter providing lawyers and the community a summary of recent important decisions in the area of federal criminal law from the United States Supreme Court and the Circuit Courts of Appeal. The opinions are compiled, summarized and analyzed by Tom Church, an attorney in our firm’s federal criminal defense practice. He is also the author of Mercer Law Review’s Eleventh Circuit Survey focusing on recent criminal law opinions. Contact Tom at with any comments, questions and feedback.

Recent Opinions

United States v. Paul Johnson Jr

United States v. Paul Johnson, Jr., No. 16-15690 (April 16, 2019), EN BANC The Court held that a police officer did not exceed the scope of a permissible Terry frisk by reaching into the defendant’s pocket and seizing ammunition and a holster after feeling the bullet during the frisk. Under the totality of circumstances, going […]

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