This is not a criminal case, but it's an example like few I have seen of how to write an appellate opinion. The author here is Judge Ray Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit. I've known Judge Kethledge for years, and starting in August, one of my students from two years ago will be clerking for him. The opinion, handed down today, is in this employment discrimination case. Judge Kethledge's first line is:
"In this case the EEOC sued the defendants for using the same type of background check that the EEOC itself uses."
For the EEOC, it was downhill from there.