2nd Circ. Voids Aussie's Fraud Plea Due To Bad Legal Advice

Law360, New York (March 3, 2014, 5:17 PM EST) -- The Second Circuit vacated the conviction of an Australian over a fraudulent insurance claim stemming from a theft at his jewelry import business, granting the "extraordinary remedy" Monday because he got bad legal advice that the black mark wouldn't hamper his ability to reside in the U.S.

The appellate court entered a writ of error coram nobis, an arcane legal provision acknowledging the courts had failed to deliver an acceptable result for petitioner Stephen Kovacs, and vacated his 1999 Brooklyn federal court plea of misprision of...
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Case Information

Case Title

Kovacs v. United States of America

Case Number



Appellate - 2nd Circuit

Nature of Suit


Date Filed

January 22, 2013

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