• Donald Trump’s Travel Ban

    Written by: February 13, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The following is an opinion piece by a contributing author. Donald Trump never made any secret about the fact that he wanted to be a different sort of president – and indeed, three weeks into his administration, he has already shaken things up and exceeded expectations, for better or for worse. He is already testing […]

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  • Rioting

    Written by: February 17, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    It seems like everywhere you look lately, there is someone protesting, or worse – rioting – about something. The First Amendment protects a lot of this behavior, encouraging citizens to speak freely and criticize the government. But it can go way too far, leading to violence against people and property. So, what happens after the […]

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  • Criminal Law & Family Law

    Written by: February 8, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    What happens when criminal law intersects with family law? The most common time criminal law issues come up in the context of family law is with the failure to pay child support. When the non-custodial parent refuses to uphold their obligation to provide financial support to their children as ordered by the court, then courts […]

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  • Five of the Most Unusual Criminal Defenses – That Actually Worked

    Written by: February 12, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Five of the Most Unusual Criminal Defenses – That Actually Worked   There have been some crazy cases in the course of history, usually based on the facts of the case or the criminal who committed the crime. But some cases are notorious because of the crazy defenses the lawyers employed successfully. Here are the […]

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  • Tax Crimes Defense

    Written by: February 5, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Al Capone. Willie Nelson. Lindsay Vonn. Martha Stewart. Jesse Jackson Jr. What do all of these people have in common? They all ended up in the crosshairs of the IRS after attempting to cheat on their taxes. Tax evasion and filing false information on a tax return can be an expensive and serious crime to […]

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  • Criminal Defense of Athletes

    Written by: January 30, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    When athletes commit crimes, it seems plastered across the papers – they hire high-powered celebrity attorneys, even if they are not experts in criminal defense. Very often, criminal cases will not go to trial, and a lot of the crimes that athletes commit are not violent, although those tend to get the most headlines. Athletes […]

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  • Wells Fargo case- what really happened?

    Written by: January 24, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    One of the biggest white-collar crime cases of the year has been the Wells Fargo case, where it was revealed that the bank issued secret credit cards without customer consent, set up fake email accounts to sign customers up for online banking and even formed sham accounts, discovered by customers only after fees began accumulating. […]

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  • Christmas Crimes

    Written by: December 24, 2016
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The holiday seasons can bring out the very best in people. But sometimes, it can also bring out the very worst. Below are some of the strangest crimes of Christmas, committed by real-life Grinches whose hearts never grew at all. 1. In 2014, a couple was arrested in Colorado Springs for theft of their neighbors’ […]

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  • Drug Crimes: An Overview and History

    Written by: December 25, 2016
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Intoxicants have always beguiled humans – there was the Opium trade from China, the temperance movement in reaction to the widespread abuse of alcohol in the early 20th century, and now, problems with prescription opioids and heroine in middle America. In the 1970s, President Nixon declared a war on drugs, calling it public enemy number […]

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  • 5 Common Myths and Misconceptions about the Justice System

    Written by: December 12, 2016
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    1) One Phone Call: While it is true that many times, jurisdictions will allow someone who has been arrested to try to call someone (like a family member or lawyer) to help them out, this is not a Constitutionally protected right. There are no rights as to when the phone call must occur, or even […]

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