Bank of Nova Scotia v. United States Case Brief

Facts of the Case

“In 1982, after a 20-month investigation conducted before two successive grand juries, eight defendants, including petitioners William A. Kilpatrick, Declan J. O’Donnell, Sheila C. Lerner, and The Bank of Nova Scotia, were indicted on 27 counts for conspiracy and fraud. The District Court dismissed the indictment against petitioners and others on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct and irregularities in the grand jury proceedings, finding that dismissal was proper due to violations of Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6 and under the “totality of the circumstances,” including “numerous” violations of Rules 6(d) and (e)