State v. Hunt, 2018 UT App 222: After a free-range stallion known as Confetti Magic aggressively charged him, rancher Marvin Jay Hunt corralled the horse and castrated him, along with several other stallions. One of Hunt’s neighbors (Neighbor) claimed to own two of the stallions Hunt castrated that day, including Confetti Magic, and complained to local law enforcement. Hunt was charged with wanton destruction of livestock, and a jury found him guilty. Hunt now appeals his conviction, arguing that the statutory definition of “wanton destruction of livestock” is unconstitutionally vague, that the trial court erred by refusing to give a self-defense instruction, and that the jury’s determination of Confetti Magic’s value was unsupported. The court affirms.

United States v. Carrano, No. 17-CR-460 (SHS), 2018 WL 6314123 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 4, 2018): Defendant was convicted after a jury trial of conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act, 7 U.S.C. § 2131 et seq.After terminating his trial counsel and retaining new counsel, Defendant moved for a judgment of acquittal or, alternatively, for a new trial pursuant to Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 29 and 33, respectively. For the reasons set forth below, the Court has concluded that the evidence at trial was most certainly sufficient to establish defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and that the interests of justice do not require a new trial. Therefore, Defendants motion was denied.

Notice and request for comments: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA.:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service’s (RBS) invites comments on this information collection of the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP), for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Info HERE

Reinstatement of approval of an information collection; comment request: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a reinstatement of approval of an information collection associated with the national management information system for cooperative wildlife damage management programs. Info HERE

Notice and request for comments: Office of the Chief Financial Officer, USDA.: This notice announces the intention of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to request the renewal of a currently approved information collection (OMB No. 0505-0025) associated with Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status For Corporate Applicants and Assurance Regarding Felony Conviction or Tax Delinquent Status For Corporate Applicants. Info HERE