No. 22-70098.

51 F.4th 1023 (2022)

IN RE: Jane DOE, Jane Doe, Petitioner, v. United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas, Respondent, Vonteak Alexander; United States of America, Real Parties in Interest.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed October 25, 2022.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Paul G. Cassell (argued), Utah Appellate Project, S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; Rose M. Mukkhar and Norah C. Cunningham , Justice at Last Inc., San Carlos, California; for Petitioner.

Elizabeth O. White (argued), Appellate Chief and Assistant United States Attorney; Christopher Floyd Burton , Assistant United States Attorney, Jason M. Frierson , United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, Reno, Nevada, for Real Party in Interest United States of America.

Amy B. Cleary (argued), Rene L. Valladares , and Wendi L. Overmyer , Assistant Federal Public Defenders, Federal Public Defender's Office, Las Vegas, Nevada; Christopher Oram , Law Office of Christopher R. Oram LTD, Las Vegas, Nevada, for Real Party in Interest Vonteak Alexander.

Before: Susan P. Graber, Michelle T. Friedland, and Lucy H. Koh, Circuit Judges.


Defendant Vonteak Alexander kidnapped Jane Doe, who was then 12 years old, and drove her from California to Las Vegas, Nevada, knowing that she would engage in prostitution. Jane Doe eventually alerted authorities that she was a missing juvenile, and police officers arrested Defendant. Facing five serious...

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