District Court Judgments
On August 28, U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. issued a judgment against Robert Cannon Hayes, who was the chairman of the state Republican party in North Carolina. He had pleaded guilty to five counts. Counts 1 through 4 were dismissed on the government's motion. On the fifth count, Judge Cogburn sentenced him to one year of probation, a $100 assessment, and a fine of $9,500.
On September 4, Judge Cogburn issued a judgment against Lindberg sentencing him to 87 months in prison on each of two counts to be served concurrently, followed by three years of supervised release on each count to be served concurrently, an assessment of $200, and a fine of $35,000.
Also on September 4, Judge Cogburn issued a judgment against John D. Gray, a Lindberg consultant who had been found guilty by the jury on two counts, sentencing him to 30 months in prison on each count to be served concurrently, followed by two years of supervised release on each count to be served concurrently, and an assessment of $200. The judgments against Hayes, Lindberg, and Gray are in the complimentary package offered at the end of this post.
Notices of Appeal
On August 19, as indicated in No. 388, when Lindberg was sentenced to 87 months in prison, his attorney told Judge Cogburn that Lindberg planned to appeal, and asked the judge to allow Lindberg to remain free pending the appeal. Judge Cogburn denied the request and ordered Lindberg to report to prison when directed by prison officials.
On September 2, Lindberg filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit of Judge Cogburn's August 19 denial. On September 9, John D. Gray, a Lindberg consultant who was found guilty by the jury, filed a notice of appeal to the Fourth Circuit.
On October 7, after Lindberg was instructed to report to prison on October 20, Lindberg filed a motion to extend the self-surrender date for two reasons associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. One reason related to Mr. Lindberg's health, and the other related to interference with the preparation of his appellate brief. On October 13, Judge Cogburn denied the motion. Lindberg's motion to extend and Judge Cogburn's denial of the motion are in the complimentary package offered at the end of this post.
The Appellate Court
On September 10, in the Fourth Circuit, Lindberg filed a motion for release pending appeal. On September 15, the government opposed the motion. On September 18, Lindberg replied to the government's opposition. On September 23, in a one-sentence order, Circuit Judge Diana Gibbon Motz, with the concurrence of Circuit Judges Barbara Milano Keenan and Stephanie D. Thacker, denied Lindberg's motion for release pending appeal. (See U.S.A. v. Lindberg, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, Case No. 20-4470.)
At this writing (October 14), Lindberg's date of October 20 for reporting to prison apparently still stands. I plan to report further developments in this case.
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