Abuse of Discretion Jurisdiction.


Byline: Derek Hawkins

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: United States of American v. Lawrence D. Adkinson

Case No.: 17-3381

Officials: WOOD, Chief Judge, and KANNE, and ST. EVE, Circuit Judges.

Focus: Abuse of Discretion Jurisdiction

Lawrence Adkinson, Jeffrey Kemp, Paul Grissom, and Justin Martin (all of whom are appellants in this consolidated appeal) were prosecuted for robbing T-Mobile and other cellphone stores. Adkinson, who is African-American, challenges two of the district court's pretrial rulings. The first ruling denied his motion to transfer the case to a venue where he potentially would have had more African-American jurors on the venire. The second ruling denied his motion to suppress information that T-Mobile gave to law enforcement about the approximate location of his cellphone during the robberies. Because the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Adkinson's...

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