Logourl black
From our private database of 14,200+ case briefs...

Ralls v. United States

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
52 F.3d 223 (1995)


Facts

Ralls (defendant) was a criminal defense attorney retained by a third party to represent Bonette at his initial appearance and detention hearing in connection with charges related to drug trafficking. The United States (plaintiff) issued a grand jury subpoena demanding that Ralls disclose the name of the fee-payer, details of payment and any retainer agreement, and the substance of conversations between Ralls and the fee-payer. Ralls moved to quash the subpoena and the federal district court ordered him to disclose the fee-payer’s identity and the details of payment arrangements. The district court extended attorney-client privilege to the substance of conversations between Ralls and the fee-payer. Ralls refused to respond to the subpoena and the district court held him in contempt. Ralls appealed the district court’s denial of his motion to quash and its order finding him in contempt.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Choy, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 240,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,200 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.