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