United States v. Turkiye Halk Bankasi A.S.—the Conundrum of Foreign Sovereign Immunity in Criminal Prosecutions

Youssef Mohamed summarizes how United States v. Turkiye Halk Bankasi A.S. impacts the law of foreign sovereign immunity as it applies in criminal proceedings, ultimately concluding that, without further input from Congress, courts should defer to executive branch determinations of foreign immunity as manifested by the commencement of criminal proceedings.

Uncompassionate Incarceration: United States v. Thacker and Its Impact on Nonretroactivity-Based Compassionate Release

Jaden Lessnick argues that the Seventh Circuit's holding in United States v. Thacker misapplies the compassionate release statute and that, instead, a case-by-case assessment of whether a nonretroactive sentencing amendment can justify compassionate release is more consistent with the statute and Seventh Circuit precedent.