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John R. Kormanik recently conducted presentations at two exciting continuing legal education events. The first, sponsored by the Idaho State Bar Association, was entitled "The Rules They Are A Changin'" and occurred on January 23, 2015. This was an opportunity for John to participate in an panel presentation/discussion with the Honorable Candy W. Dale, Chief Magistrate Judge for the District of Idaho, and Jason Prince, of Holland & Hart. The presentation addressed the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Idaho Local Rules. As John has been a long-standing member of Idaho federal court's Local Civil Rules Committee, he was happy to participate in this event.

The second event John was a presenter at was the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association's (ITLA) Spring Seminar, which took place on February 27, 2015. John was proud to offer his thougts, advice and insights into making an effective closing argument while still being authentic. John discussed using song lyrics and famous quotations and how he used those tools during his closing arguments in United States v. David Swenson, a 44-day white collar criminal jury trial in federal court.

The third event John was a presenter at was at the United States District Court for the District of Idaho's "Bench/Bar Conference" held on October 30, 2015, at Boise's Centre on the Grove. John reprised his role as a panel member, along with the Honorable Candy W. Dale, Magistrate Judge for the District of Idaho and Jason Prince, of Holland & Hart.


Kormanik & Sneed LLP is proud to announce John R. Kormanik, of the Firm, has been granted contracts to provide conflict public defender services for those accused of crimes in Elmore County and Valley County who cannot afford legal representation. John is growing his criminal defense practice and now will be able to defend not only those who can afford top-notch legal representation, but indigent federal criminal defendants and those individuals in Elmore and Valley Counties who are facing the most serious charges in state courts as well. John is proud of the work he does on behalf of all of his clients charged with crimes ranging from "run-of-the-mill" misdemeanors (reckless or inattentive driving, driving without insurance, possession of marijuana and paraphrenalia) to the most serious of felonies.

If you are anywhere in the State of Idaho, facing either state or federal charges, please contact Kormanik & Sneed LLP to arrange a consultation with John R. Kormanik.


Kormanik & Sneed LLP is proud to announce John R. Kormanik, of the Firm, has volunteered to provide pro bono representation of offenders in connection with Clemency Project 2014." The Project was launched in January 2014, after Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked the legal profession to provide pro bono assistance to federal prisoners who would likely have received a shorter sentence if they'd been sentenced today.


The partners at Kormanik & Sneed continue to share their knowledge in the area of nursing home abuse and neglect via the Nursing Home Abuse Advocate Blog. It is our hope the blog will continue to be a trusted resource for news that is important to Idaho nursing home and assisted living facility residents and their families.


In April of 2015, John Kormanik completed the 38th Annual Race to Robie Creek (aka "The Toughest Half-Marathon in the Northwest").


In order to keep abreast of the latest developments in employment law, as well as to tap the collective knowledge of plaintiff's employment lawyers throughout the country, John Kormanik has joined the National Employment Lawyers Association. The NELA is advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American Workplace.


United States v. David Swenson, 13:cr-00091-BLW - In April 2013, David Swenson, along with three other co-defendants, was charged by the United States in a eighty-three (83) count Indictment with conspiracy, money laundering, wire fraud and securities fraud. Approximately $94,000 of David's assets were seized by the federal government at this time. In May, the Government filed a Superseding Indictment, and increased the number of counts to eighty-nine (89). Beginning on January 31, 2014, a forty-four day trial was held. The jury acquitted David of the conspiracy and wire fraud charges; David was convicted of forty-four (44) counts of securities fraud. At sentencing, pursuant to the United States Sentencing Commission's Guidelines, David's "suggested guideline sentence" was between 235 and 293 months. Following argument by John R. Kormanik of the Firm, David was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of thirty-six (36) months.

A "Notice of Appeal" has been filed in this matter. It is expected oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will be held sometime in the Summer/Fall of 2015. The Firm will be handling the appeal and will update this result as appropriate.

Update: On December 24, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted David's Motion for Release Pending Appeal. David was released from custody on December 29, 2014.

State of Idaho v. Trail, Ada County Case No. CR-MD-2014-13935 - Mr. Trail was charged with two misdemeanors: (1) possession of marijuana and (2) possession of drug paraphernalia. He could have been sentenced to up to one (1) year in jail plus a fine for each count. A successful plea agreement was reached where Mr. Trial agreed to plead guilty, pay a fine, and be placed on one (1) year unsupervised probation. Mr. Trial did not have to serve any jail time.

State of Idaho v. Salas, Elmore County Case No. CR-2014-0301 - Mr. Salas was charged with three felonies: (1) Burglary; (2) Possession of a Controlled substance; and (3) Introduction of a Controlled Substance into a Correctional Facility. After engaging in discovery and investigation, and extensive negotiations with the prosecutor, Mr. Salas pled guilty to Petit Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance; the charge concerning introduction of a controlled substance into a correctional facility was dismissed. Despite the fact the prosecutor argued Mr. Salas should receive 1 year in jail for petit theft and a total of 7 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance, which should run consecutively; the Court imposed a sentence of "only" 6 months on the petit theft and 1.5 years fixed plus 4.5 indeterminate for a unified sentence of 6 years, which were ordered to run concurrent with each other as well as a pending sentence for a probation violation in Ada County, Idaho. The Court retained jurisdiction. The Firm continues to represent Mr. Salas and will update this result as appropriate.

State of Idaho v. Arms , Boise County Case No. CR-2013-0433 - Mr. Armes, who resides in eastern Idaho, was traveling on Highway 21 between Idaho City and Boise, Idaho. He was pulled over and given a warning by a law enforcement officer. Another law enforcement officer came to the site of the traffic stop and issued Mr. Armes a misdemeanor citation for "Reckless Driving"; a charge which carries an automatic license suspension. Although Mr. Armes offered to plead guilty to a charge of "Inattentive Driving," a lesser included offense to "Reckless Driving," the prosecutor refused the offer and the matter went to trial. Following a one-day trial in the historic courtroom in Idaho City, Idaho, Mr. Armes was found guilty of the very charge he offered to plead guilty to and accept responsibility for - Inattentive Driving. The Court sentenced Mr. Armes to complete a National Transportation Safety Institute Level I traffic course as well as a fine and court costs.

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