Diversity in US Legal system

Lack of Diversity in the US Legal System

According to Montgomery Tabron, the head of WK Kellogg Foundation, one of the country’s largest philanthropies, the law enforcement and justice system in the US is broken. While criticism is rampant about the fact that the nation’s police force comprises mainly of white individuals, the reality is that the legal profession is even whiter. Prosecutors more »


Ponzi scheme fraud

An Illegal Ponzi Scheme Leads to 13-Years in Prison

A Ponzi scheme is a scheme in which unrealistically high rates of return are promised to investors. When new investors are lured by these promises and provide their funds to a money manager or financial advisor, money that the new investors pay in is used to enrich the person orchestrating the fraud scheme as well more »


Death Penalty

Death Penalty Faces Biggest Test in Decades

Death penalty in the US is currently facing one of its biggest tests in decades. While capital punishment is legal in 36 nations including China, Japan and the US and it is legal in the 32 American states, three death row inmates in Oklahoma are now challenging new experimental drugs that are used in lethal more »


Bill Clinton: Three strikes law

Three Strikes: A Mistake That Led to Mass Incarceration

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed an omnibus crime bill into law.  The bill included a “three strikes” provision at the federal level, which imposed a mandatory life sentence for a criminal convicted of a violent felony after having two prior convictions.  These two prior convictions could be for a huge variety of different crimes, more »



Judges Allows Entertainment Videos to be Used as Evidence in Trial

A federal racketeering case is currently proceeding in Brooklyn against an alleged drug gang and the U.S. District Attorney prosecuting the case asked the judge to admit mafia tattoos into evidence, as well as to admit YouTube music videos that were made by the alleged gang leader.   The Brooklyn judge ruled that the videos were more »



USA Today Op-Ed Warns That Everyone is a Criminal

In the American justice system, the rule has long been that ignorance of the law is no excuse. If you are charged with a crime, claiming you didn’t know your actions were illegal is generally no defense. While this rule may have worked a century or two ago, however, some believe the principle no longer more »


Overcharging trends

Troubling Trends in Overcharging for Criminal Offenses

The United States criminal justice system is supposed to have myriad safeguards protecting criminal defendants. The safeguards in the U.S. Constitution, including guarantees of due process, have been broadly applied. Defendants are not only entitled to a fair trial, but are also protected from ex post facto laws, which are laws that are passed to more »



The Admissibility of Statements Involving Criminal Defendants

If you are under investigation by the police, it is important to remember the words of the Miranda Warning: anything you say can and will be used against you. This warning is intended to serve as a reminder that any statements you make during police questioning can be admissible in court. For many criminal defendants, more »


Fraud charges

Mail and Wire Fraud: Ties to Other Charges

In February of 2015, former N.Y. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted on charges of fraud and extortion. According to the Wall Street Journal, the charges arose from two schemes in which he allegedly used his political power to elicit kickbacks. The U.S. Attorney brought charges for extortion as well as for mail and wire more »


John Yates

Recent Ruling Could Impact Tsarnaev’s Friends

A recent ruling by the US Supreme Court involving a Florida fisherman could possibly have an impact on criminal cases brought against friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev. This is the indication that legal teams involved in the case have given to the media. John Yates, a commercial fishing boat captain was convicted more »