IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
August 12, 2009
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
CRAIG A. RAPPIN, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
Craig Rappin ("Rappin"), one of three defendants in a massive financial fraud involving losses to public investors that the government demonstrated were in excess of $20 million but less than $50 million, has asked this Court to appoint pro bono counsel to assist him "in the presentation and amendment of his currently pending 28 U.S.C. §2255 Motion." Rappin is now serving a 94-month sentence, which was at the bottom of the far lower sentencing range provided for in the Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(c)(1)(C) agreement that constituted a vital part of his comprehensive plea agreement--if it had not been for the government's Sentencing Guideline §5K1.1 motion that was also an integral part of the plea agreement, the Guideline range for Rappin's charged offenses would have been 235 to 293 months.*fn1
At this point this Court is awaiting a response to Rappin's Section 2255 motion on or before September 14, 2009--a response that this Court ordered in its brief July 20, 2009 memorandum order. Accordingly no action will be taken on Rappin's motion for appointment of counsel. But in light of the possibility that such a motion might be entertained, this Court is transmitting to Rappin the financial forms required for that purpose to Rappin together with a copy of this memorandum order.