Sekhar v. United States
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bancroft client Giridhar C. Sekhar in Sekhar v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2720 (2013). Bancroft partner Paul D. Clement argued the case on Mr. Sekhar’s behalf on April 23, 2013. The Court unanimously reversed the Second Circuit’s decision affirming Mr. Sekhar’s conviction for attempted extortion under the federal Hobbs Act, ruling that an attempt to compel a person to recommend that his employer approve an investment does not constitute “the obtaining of property from another” as required under the Act. The Court held that property extorted must be “capable of passing from one person to another,” and no such property existed with respect to petitioner’s case. Paul D. Clement and George W. Hicks, Jr. prepared the briefing.