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News Posted on August 21, 2013

Professor Chin Comments on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Decision for Daily Journal

Professor Gabriel "Jack" Chin  commented for the Daily Journal on a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling regarding obstruction of justice laws and their application to federal investigations.  A Ninth Circuit panel ruled on August 14 that warning a suspect that he is the subject of an investigation does not amount to obstruction of justice because the investigation is not an "official proceeding" as defined by the federal statute.

Professor Chin said the issue may be headed for the Supreme Court.  "One of the criteria that the Supreme Court uses as to whether to take a case is if there's a split in the circuits, and there seems to be a split in the circuits on this issue."

Gabriel "Jack" Chin, who joined the King Hall faculty in 2011, is a prolific and much-cited criminal and immigration law scholar whose work has addressed many of the most pressing social issues of our time.