• The Blotter 2.3.18

    Written by: February 3, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The Blotter Welcome to The Blotter, where we periodically post a collection of the weirdest, stupidest or just downright strange crimes from all over the world. As God as my witness? Two women successfully robbed a bank dressed as nuns in New Jersey. Law enforcement believes these are the same women who have robbed previous […]

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  • Disaster Fraud

    Written by: February 5, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    After natural disasters, prosecutors and law enforcement are particularly vigilant about catching and prosecutors individuals who attempt to defraud the federal government and charitable organizations. Both state and federal agencies have just begun charging and prosecuting individuals who misrepresented facts to charities and the government in order to obtain money which was designated for true […]

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  • Juvenile Justice

    Written by: January 21, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    In recent years, courts have taken concerns about charging juveniles as adults seriously. Science has confirmed that juvenile brains cause adolescents to act more impulsively, and with less regard for consequences and risks. In 2005, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in Roper v Simmons, holding that a juvenile who committed a crime when […]

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  • SCOTUS and Searches

    Written by: January 13, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The Fourth Amendment remains a constant source of litigation and interpretation before the Supreme Court, and the first week back in session proved to be no different as the Court heard two cases concerning when police can search a vehicle without a warrant. Byrd v. the United States Mr. Byrd had asked his fiancée to […]

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  • Sessions & Drug Laws

    Written by: January 10, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    It’s a new year, full of new laws and new policies. California rang in the new year with its law legalizing recreational pot coming into effect, just as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration had decided to remove the Obama-era policy which prevented federal authorities from enforcing federal drug laws in states […]

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  • Brooklyn $148 million Healthcare Bust

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

    One of the largest busts concerning Medicaid fraud occurred in Brooklyn, where twenty people, four of whom are doctors, were arrested. Fourteen companies were also included on the indictment. All are accused of engaging in a massive scheme to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare organizations out of over $146 million. The Brooklyn District Attorneys […]

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  • What is Stop and Frisk

    Written by: October 15, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The current administration has touted its tough stance on criminal justice, calling themselves the ‘Law and Order’ administration. On top of stricter enforcement of drug and immigration laws by the Department of Justice, there have been some calls for ‘stop and frisk’ to be expanded in New York and across the country. It became a […]

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  • How can I help my criminal lawyer win my case?

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

    Having to go to trial for anyone can be stressful and scary. It’s even scarier if you’re facing criminal prosecution and your liberty is at risk. Hopefully you are represented by a competent attorney who has years of experience in defending clients. Even if you have a Perry Mason on your side, there is a […]

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  • Hate Crimes September 2017

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

    The tone across social media, newspapers, and perhaps even in your circle of friends these past few months might seem particularly divisive. Racial tensions continue to grow, and the FBI has reported that incidents of hate crimes in the last year have been on the increase. Unfortunately, in Manhattan, it is no different. This week, […]

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  • Weiner Sexting

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

    The headline sounds like a late-show host’s dream: Weiner sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting minor. Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner has just been handed down a sentence for his actions in sending racy and obscene messages last year to a girl who was just 15-years old at the time. Weiner was aware […]

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