Deputy Federal Public Defender Koren Bell Argues Before the U.S. Supreme Court in Shaw v. US

Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Press & Internal News

James Locklin, Koren Bell, Hilary Potashner, and Michael Tanaka representing Mr. Shaw at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today, Koren Bell, an attorney with Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California, argued before the United States Supreme Court in the federal appeal of our client, Lawrence Shaw.  The Court granted review to interpret 18 U.S.C. §1344(1), which prohibits any scheme to defraud a financial institution.  Bell argued that this statute requires the government to prove that a defendant both intended to deceive a bank and intended to thereby cheat that bank by taking its property.

The transcript of the oral argument can be read here. Check out the gallery of team pictures here.