Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner.
Argument: A state government's right to regulate traffic flow does not qualify as "money or property" under this Court's applications of the mail fraud statute. The deception charged in this case -- lying about the motivation for state governmental policy -- is not cognizable as fraud under the mail fraud statute.
Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Appellant, Christina Carman, Seeking Reversal.
Argument: Allowing Ms. Carman’s conviction to stand would expand the scope of the federal mail fraud statute beyond its textual and purposeful limits. The conviction in this case would allow for the rule of lenity to be violated.