On Monday, June 21, 2010, attorneys for Veronza filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Atlanta) challenging the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia denying his writ of habeas corpus and release on mandatory parole.
In a lengthy review of the case, Veronza's legal team submitted a strong and compelling argument for the judges of the 11th Circuit to accept Magistrate Judge Susan Cole's 2008 Report & Recommendation recommending Veronza's immediate release on parole. In that report Judge Cole concluded that the U.S. Parole Commission bowed to undue political pressure exerted by former-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and a rogue commissioner, and that the Commission acted illegally by violating statutes handed down by Congress, its own regulations and U.S. Constitution.
The government will next file a brief responding to our team's brief, and Veronza's attorneys will have the opportunity to reply. This process will take several more months. Then the judges will have the option of hearing oral argument in Atlanta, or deciding the case based upon the briefs alone.