United States v. Kravetz

706 F.3d 47 (2013)

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United States v. Kravetz

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
706 F.3d 47 (2013)

Facts

Carolyn Kravetz and Boris Levitin (defendants) were advertising professionals who engaged in a scheme to defraud a business out of nearly $400,000. Kravetz and Levitin were criminally indicted and pleaded guilty. Under the plea deal, the government (plaintiff) agreed to recommend specified prison terms of 32 and 18 months for Kravetz and Levitin, respectively. The sentencing court rejected the government’s recommendations and sentenced both Kravetz and Levitin to 32 months of probation only. Jim Edwards was a journalist who was reporting on the case. Edwards requested access to two categories of documents that had been sealed by the court: (1) sentencing memoranda with attached letters of support and (2) Levitin’s pretrial application for the issuance of a document subpoena and related papers under Rule 17 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (the discovery materials). The district court denied Edwards’s request. Edwards appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Howard, J.)

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