Supreme Court rejects defendant’s argument in bank fraud case
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Shaw v. United States that a defendant’s argument that he should not be convicted of bank fraud because because he only intended to cheat a bank depositor is unpersuasive. Lawrence Shaw illegally drained another person’s bank account but claimed on appeal that because he did not intend to defraud the bank itself, the federal bank fraud statute does not apply. In an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, the court rejected Shaw’s argument. The court vacated the judgmentof the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and remanded for further proceedings.
The court heard arguments in this case in October. Certiorari was granted in April. The court will be in recess until its next conference on January 6.