Eleventh Circuit Notes Split Re Standard of Review for a District Court's Denial of a Franks Hearing

Per U.S. v. Sarras, --- F.3d ----, 2009 WL 2176643 (11th Cir. July 23, 2009):

Generally, a court's decision about whether to hold an evidentiary hearing lies within that court's sound discretion and will be reviewed only for an abuse of discretion. We have not stated a precise standard of review for a district court's denial of a Franks hearing, and other circuits are split on the issue.” United States v. Arbolaez, 450 F.3d 1283, 1293 (11th Cir.2006) (internal citations omitted) (concluding that “[because] ... the more exacting de novo standard of review is satisfied here, we need not address the issue further.” (quotation marks omitted)). As in Arbolaez, we need not decide which standard of review to apply, as we discern no error under even a de novo standard of review.

Visit Aspen Publishers today! Free Shipping!