Criminal Sentencing

Criminal Sentencing Overhaul has Bipartisan Support- But a Long Way to Go

In the 1980s and 1990s, federal lawmakers passed a number of tough-on-crime measures to address growing concerns about the crack epidemic and high crime rates. Now, decades later, the outcome of the crime laws has become apparent: mass incarceration, unfair outcomes, and penalties that do not fit the crime. The federal government realizes that something more »


NY Law and Bomb Threats

NY Law and Bomb Threats

This September, a story went viral in which a teen brought a clock he had invented to his high school so he could show his teachers. The clock was in a pencil case, and his English teacher thought that the clock appeared to be a bomb. CNN reports that the police were called and that more »


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Justice Department to Take a Tougher Stance on White Collar Crime

Employees of investment firms and professionals throughout New York City need to take note of a new possible threat: the Justice Department has announced new policies prioritizing the prosecution of employees for corporate wrongdoing. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is taking action to become more aggressive in prosecuting individual employees after years of criticism that more »


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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 »


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 »


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 »


Drug dealing New York

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 »



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 »