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Lessons from famous lawyer Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz, the youngest professor of law in history, has some drastically bold ideas for the American legal system. First and foremost, Dershowitz is against the Second Amendment. He has been extremely vocal about gun controls and believes that 100 percent of all guns should be banned. He points out that the perception that guns more »

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Should Prison Sentences Be Based on Crimes Not Yet Committed?

The U.S. Constitution requires due process before a criminal defendant can be deprived of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. It is also a fundamental tenet of the U.S. justice system that defendants cannot be prosecuted for things they might do or for things they think about doing- which is why even charges of more »

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Human trafficking

How Do Human Traffickers Target Children?

Many people in the United States who are being trafficked for sex are U.S. citizens, and the average age at which victims are first trafficked is between 11 and 14. Both wealthy and poor children are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking, and often the pimps that first solicit victims to be trafficked more »

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Investor fraud

Most Investors Do Not Know How to Recognize Investment Fraud

Investors who fall victim to investment fraud could face significant financial loss. Litigation provides recourse to investment fraud victims, but often shareholders and investors do not detect problems with the company they have invested in until the company is bankrupt or in serious financial trouble. A bankrupt company has limited or no assets to pay more »

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Calling Cops about Drug Deals That Go Bad

A man in Connecticut called 9-1-1 and complained to the police that his drug dealer had shorted him. He is now facing drug charges. Antonio Recinos not only called the police and explained to them his issue with the drug dealer but later, ran into a police patrolman and showed him a bag of blow more »

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Errors in DNA Match Calculations Show the Fallibility of Scientific Evidence

For many criminal defendants, DNA evidence is the key piece of prosecutorial evidence that results in conviction. A prosecutor has the burden of proving a case beyond a reasonable doubt, and if there are questions about whether you were the person who committed the crime, DNA evidence goes a long way towards showing you were more »

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Lengthy Prison Sentences Can Come from Not Cooperating with Police Investigations

Can individuals who don’t actually commit a criminal act be sentenced to prison for helping to cover up evidence when a crime is committed? The answer to this question is a resounding yes. If you help a friend after-the-fact or obstruct a police investigation, you can face serious criminal charges.  Three college friends of Dzhokhar more »

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Preventing Healthcare Fraud

Department of Justice Focused on Preventing Healthcare Fraud

In mid-May, the Assistant Attorney General spoke to the American Bar Association about the problem of health care fraud.  According to the Department of Justice transcript of the remarks, the focus of the discussion was on the Criminal Division’s efforts to fight against fraudulent claims made by healthcare providers. Healthcare fraud takes many forms, including more »

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Assault Weapon Ban

Even a New York Judge can’t get the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo or the NY State Police to release what could be embarrassing numbers. Despite an order issued by New York Judge Thomas J. McNamara, and required by the SAFE Act, The state officials are dragging their feet. Release of Data Resisted Arguing that more »

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Juvenile Justice Reform Could Help NY Teens Accused of Crimes

It is never a good thing when a teenager faces criminal charges, but the biggest nightmare for teens and parents is when a young person ends up being charged as an adult.  Teenagers do not have the maturity or knowledge to make informed and rationale decisions or to weigh the consequences of their actions the more »

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