Friday, December 24, 2010

11th Circuit Reversal on Rehearing

Probably the rarest of decisions is a reversal on a rehearing. But this week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals did just that in the case of United States v. Kottwitz.  In the original decision (see here), the court had concluded that the refusal to give the jury an instruction about reliance on an accountant's advice was error as to Counts Three, Four, and Five.  In this rehearing, the court extended this decision to Count One - a conspiracy count.  The court stated,  "[e]ven though no evidence directly showed that Defendants’ accountant was involved in initially entering/hiding transactions on the corporate books (for example, the personal-expense transactions), Defendants introduced enough circumstantial evidence to warrant an instruction that -- at some pertinent point -- Defendants may have relied on the accountant’s advice."

Representing the defendant in this case was Jerry Froelich, Jim Jenkins, and Bruce Maloy of Atlanta, Georgia and the lawfirm of Bernhoftlaw was co-counsel and lead on the Kottwitz appeal for a lead defendant in the case.  See Robert G. Bernhoft's Petition for Panel Rehearing -Download 1_09-09-10_PetitionPanelRehearing

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