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Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer accused of laundering cash from undercover agent; Justice Barrett lists home for nearly $900K

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Lawyer is charged with laundering cash for undercover agent

Prominent Dallas lawyer Rayshun “Ray” Jackson of the Jackson Law Firm has been charged with laundering money acquired from an undercover agent who said the money came from drug trafficking. Jackson allegedly suggested setting up a shell corporation and a cash business like a coin laundry or car wash that would make it difficult to track proceeds, prosecutors alleged. He allegedly negotiated a 4% fee, plus a bonus. Jackson, a criminal defense lawyer, was an assistant secretary on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board. (The Dallas Morning News, U.S. Department of Justice press release)

Justice Barrett lists Indiana home for over $899K

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and her husband listed their South Bend, Indiana, home for $899,900 March 31. About two weeks later, the Barretts had a pending offer from a University of Notre Dame professor. Barrett’s husband, Jesse Barrett, told the Chicago Tribune that the family is buying a new place in the Washington, D.C., area, and it is “to be determined” whether they will maintain another South Bend residence. (The Chicago Tribune via How Appealing)

This Supreme Court justice is the greatest, SCOTUSblog readers say

Former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren was the greatest justice of all time, according to readers who voted in SCOTUSblog’s March madness brackets. The tournament began with a “Supreme 16” of initial matchups, with current justices excluded. Warren, the author of Brown v. Board of Education, was pitted against former Chief Justice John Marshall in the final round. Marshall wrote Marbury v. Madison, the case that established the high court’s power of judicial review. (SCOTUSblog tweet via Original Jurisdiction, SCOTUSblog)

Epstein victim can’t sue over nonprosecution deal

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Atlanta has ruled en banc that a victim of convicted sex offender and multimillionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein can’t sue federal prosecutors under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act for secretly negotiating a nonprosecution agreement. The victim alleged violation of her right to confer with and be treated fairly by government lawyers. Paul Cassell and Brad Edwards, lawyers for the victim, plan to seek U.S. Supreme Court review. (The Volokh Conspiracy and Courthouse News Service via How Appealing and Original Jurisdiction, Law360, the 11th Circuit Court’s April 15 decision)

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