• Criminal Slumlords

    Written by: April 2, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Everyone has a nightmare rental story, whether it be living with psychotic roommates or dealing with an unreasonable landlord. Disputes over repairs, returns of security deposits or even tenant safety are the usual complaints. But recently, a man in Brooklyn showed that sometimes landlords know no limits when trying to run their tenants out of […]

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  • Doctors & Sexual Assault

    Written by: March 29, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    This blog has covered a lot of white-collar and health care crime recently. Today, we shake things up (perhaps only slightly) by covering a case that combines white collar, health care, and basic crimes all in one. In light of the #metoo movement, allegations of sexual assault and harassment are everywhere. Unfortunately, in this case, […]

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  • Sentencing News

    Written by: March 25, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The Eighth Amendment assures U.S. citizens that they will not be subject to cruel and unusual punishment if they are convicted of a crime. This amendment has been extensively litigated, with dozens of cases reaching the Supreme Court. Recently, one state has decided to remove the death penalty. The Federal government is also considering changing […]

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  • Police Corruption

    Written by: March 20, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The old adage goes, “power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This cliche is apropros to the country’s law enforcement if the headlines have anything to do with it. Police officers swear to serve and protect, but the temptation of fast money in exchange for bad policing can overpower a select few. There have been […]

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  • Small Business Crime

    Written by: March 15, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    It seems like a running joke that anyone’s big dream, if they achieve something, is always to go to Disney World. In Manhattan, one person was so determined to make this dream come true, that she was recently indicted for stealing over $2.6 million from her employer, and treated herself to her own trip to […]

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  • DA & Campaign Contributions

    Written by: March 12, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    While district attorneys are locally elected, rather than appointed, it makes sense to think of them as politicians. However, they also have the unique role of having to be an objective individual, who prosecutes on behalf of the state and his or her constituents – not beholden to any political party or lobbying group. The […]

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  • McCoy vs Louisiana

    Written by: February 15, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The Sixth Amendment guarantees anyone accused of a crime the right to not just a lawyer – but the right to effective assistance of counsel. The Supreme Court has recently heard arguments in McCoy v Louisiana which examined conflicting duties of a lawyer to protect the best interests of his client and simultaneously carry out […]

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  • Something’s Rotten in Denmark

    Written by: March 6, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    For at least a year now, the people of the United States have been following (sometimes with glee) the investigation into allegations that the Russian government has meddled in our electoral process. Questions of the Trump campaign’s involvement continue to be asked. Robert Mueller continues to investigate, and so far, 19 individuals have been charged […]

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  • 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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