Richard Simmons, Jr., the attorney for former North Shore District Attorney Walter Reed asked a federal appeals court today (May 1, 2018) to toss out Reed's 2016 convictions on corruption charges, arguing that prosecutors largely made a federal case out of state campaign laws, describing it as "federalism." Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan Ginsberg countered that Reed and his son, Steven Reed, committed a "classic federal crime by taking money that did not belong to them.
The parties appeared before the three-judge panel, consisting of Judges Patrick Higginbotham, Jerry Smith and Edith Brown Clement, for about 40 minutes. Both Walter Reed and Steven Reed were in the courtroom but did not address the court.
Afterward, Simmons said it would likely be weeks before the panel issues a decision.
Reed was convicted on numerous political corruption charges in May of 2016 and was sentenced to four years in prison but was allowed to remain free on bond while appealing his convictions. Steven Reed was tried and convicted at the same time, receiving a sentence of five years of probation.