• Benczkowski

    August 2, 2018

    Everyone has been buzzing lately with the news of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s impending departure, and the nominee to replace him. But what has been less covered is the recent confirmation by the Senate of the new leader of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division – Brian Benczkowski. He has the power to significantly affect the […]

  • SCOTUS Cell Phone Decision

    July 24, 2018

    The Supreme Court recently made a landmark decision regarding the Fourth Amendment and the power of the state to access an individual’s cell phone location information. In the case, Carpenter v. United States, Timothy Carpenter was prosecuted as the primary suspect in a series of armed robberies across Michigan and Ohio. The police used cell […]

  • Immigration-Detention issues

    July 17, 2018

    Immigration policies frequently make headlines. The number of arrests and detentions has risen in recent months, which means that the system is actually struggling to maintain the influx of individuals who are being collared by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Recently, ICE officials announced that they planned to move around 1,600 immigrant detainees […]

  • Pardons

    July 4, 2018

    There has been lots of chatter in the news lately about pardons – who can receive them, who should (or shouldn’t) be able to receive them, and even scenarios where pardons are perhaps wrongly withheld. But there has been criticism as well, with the Justice Department having a backlog of over 11,000 cases. Matthew Charles […]

  • Witness Protection Program

    June 25, 2018

    Whenever anyone says ‘Witness Protection Program,’ the frame of reference (for me at last) always goes to Goodfellas. For all the movies created about people in the witness protection program, it’s still a fairly secretive and effective endeavor in the United States. The following is a list of little-known facts about the witness protection program. […]

  • 4th Amendment Update

    June 15, 2018

    The Supreme Court recently released an opinion that further solidified the rights of the citizen against the state when it comes to searches and seizures on private property. In Collins v. Virginia, the Court held that police cannot search an area around a private home, including its vehicles, without getting a warrant first – even […]

  • Marijuana & Declining to Prosecute

    June 7, 2018

    It seems like prosecutors across the country are becoming increasingly tolerant to low-level drug possession, particularly marijuana, in spite of the reversal of the Department of Justice on enforcing the law. Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is another agency which has decided to […]

  • The Blotter – May 2018

    May 29, 2018

    Here is another edition of the blotter, where we round up the most unusual or stupid crimes that we can find around the world. Let’s start with Florida first (of course!). Society demands perfection and beauty, especially in women. A 61-year-old woman in Bradenton, Florida capitalized on these pressures and began running an illegal Botox […]

  • Robocallers & Criminal Intent

    May 14, 2018

    Computers have made the commission of crimes so much easier, from stealing someone’s identity to hacking into bank accounts, and of course, with making fraudulent phone calls to vulnerable people. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission has been cracking down on the latter, called ‘robocalls,’ and last Thursday got its largest fine in history. Adrian Abramovich, […]

  • Indigent Defense Counsel

    May 21, 2018

    Thanks to a plethora of cop shows on TV, most individuals can recite their Miranda rights, including the fact that they have the right to an attorney, and if they cannot afford one, the state will appoint one to them. According to some studies, about 80 percent of all criminal defendants will qualify for legal […]