• Trump: “You’re Fired!”

    Written by: March 21, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    President Trump is not yet through the first 100 days of his tenure, and it seems like every week is punctuated with some scandal or unprecedented action from his office. His actions affect regular Americans, to be sure, but some of his actions have caused increased chatter amongst members of the legal community – the […]

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  • The Blotter 3.25.17

    Written by: March 25, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    This article will appear every few months as a compilation of some of the strangest, funniest and most fascinating things that happen in the world of criminal defense (and crime) across the country. First, let’s go to Florida – I know – too easy. In March 2017, a Miami defense attorney’s pants actually burst into […]

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  • Public Defense in the US

    Written by: March 18, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    National public defender day is slated for today, March 18th this year, and it is a good time to consider the state of our system of public defense – a constitutionally guaranteed right for every person so unfortunate as to face our criminal justice system firsthand. Cuts to funding and harsh laws for drug abusers […]

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  • A History of Treason in The United States

    Written by: March 16, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    With the news continuously leaking out of the White House, accusations of treason have started to pop up more frequently, particularly on social media. Treason is generally defined as the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the government. Of course, in the Trump administration, no one has tried to […]

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  • Jeff Sessions & Russia

    Written by: March 2, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    First it was Andrew Puzder. Then it was Michael Flynn. Now, it seems that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the next cabinet pick under extreme scrutiny in Mr. Trump’s administration. On March 2, 2017, it came to light that Mr. Sessions had been less than forthcoming about his communications with Russian officials during Mr. Trump’s […]

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  • Cyberbullying – Is it a crime?

    Written by: March 14, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Cyberbullying has gained increased notoriety in recent years. With the First Lady’s platform focusing on reducing cyberbullying, one can expect there to be renewed interest in legislating and protecting kids against cyber crimes. But what is the state of the law now, and how effective has it been? Cyberbullying is essentially the act of harassing […]

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  • Intelligence Leaks

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

    The former National Security Adviser to Trump resigned after intelligence officials leaked reports of Mr. Flynn’s conversations with Russia, and less than forthcoming descriptions about them. In response, the Trump administration and the Republican Congress has emphasized the illegality of the leaks over the illegality of Mr. Flynn’s behavior. Mr. Trump recently tweeted: “The real […]

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  • What is the Logan Act?

    Written by: February 27, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Michael Flynn, former National Security Adviser to President Trump, had a surprise resignation this February after the Washington Post ran a story that he communicated with the Russian ambassador about sanctions instituted under the Obama administration before taking office. This seems suspect, but in all actuality, if Flynn and the ambassador struck a deal before […]

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  • 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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