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  • Cocaine Cowboys

    April 18, 2017

    Drug crimes are some of the most common type of crimes that defense attorneys have to deal with. Usually, the criminals are small-time dealers, or normal people who got arrested for possession of a substance. Very rarely are kingpins and the Pablo Escobars of the drug world caught and prosecute – after all, Walter White […]

  • Capital Punishment

    April 10, 2017

    Criminal defense attorneys always dread dealing with the cases that carry significant punishments – no more so than that of capital punishment. States that allow capital punishment keep the possibility of execution on the table. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia do not currently allow capital punishment. The rest do, although the frequency of […]

  • Diamond Bust

    April 6, 2017

    It’s the stuff of gangster movies – ten Russian gangsters have recently been accused of defrauding diamond merchants in New York, Mumbai and Las Vegas out of over $9 million worth of diamonds. The gangsters are alleged to have written bad checks and engaged in other fraudulent behavior to receive diamonds from wholesalers with a […]

  • What is the presidential communications privilege?

    April 4, 2017

    Just 50 days out of his inauguration, and the Trump administration continues to grapple with scandal and explanations of its ties to Russia. It was reported that former acting attorney general Sally Yates was recently blocked by the White House from testifying in the House investigation of the relationship between Russia and the Trump campaign. […]

  • ICE Immigration

    March 28, 2017

    No matter your particular inclinations or feelings for the Trump presidency, you have to admit that he is at least attempting to follow through on most of his campaign promises – however clumsily. One of those promises was getting tougher on immigration. This has not been clearer than in the immigration raids that have been […]

  • Trump: “You’re Fired!”

    March 21, 2017

    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 […]

  • The Blotter 3.25.17

    March 25, 2017

    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 […]

  • Public Defense in the US

    March 18, 2017

    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 […]

  • A History of Treason in The United States

    March 16, 2017

    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 […]

  • Jeff Sessions & Russia

    March 2, 2017

    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 […]