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ECUADOR DIGEST Possession of small amounts of drugs decriminalized

Ecuador has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana and four other drugs. The move, which was expected, came last week when the National Council of Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs (CONSEP) published a table of drug possession limits. The limit for marijuana possession was set at 10 grams. CONSEP said that the more »

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Former Riker’s Island Guard Pleads Guilty to Murder in Inmate’s Death

Byron Taylor, 32 has pleaded guilty to helping in a cover-up regarding the fatal beating of an inmate, Ronald Spear. Prosecutors accused Taylor of helping in holding down Spears while another corrections officer repeatedly booted Spears in the head. Spears died a little while later. Taylor, formerly listed to be tried in October, told the more »

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Cellphone Alerts Used in Manhunt for NYC Bomber

Just before 8 in the morning Monday, New Yorkers’ phones started screaming — in unison. Each phone received the same message: “WANTED: Ahmad Rahami, 28-year old male. See media for pic. Call 911 if seen.” No links. No images. No context into which one could place the message. Some people stumbling around before the coffee more »

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Fracking Up the Empire State

Fracking Up the Empire State

Earthquakes, cancer clusters, and deformed babies. The rates of these tragedies increase steadily in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. The cause: runaway fracking — or hydraulic fracturing. Fracking has been operating for decades, but it’s not been fully utilized until relatively recently. Now, fracking is becoming an issue in places most people don’t think of more »

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Abuse of Position of Trust Enhancement Applies Even to a Secretary with a Fancy Title

During the course of her employment with three different employers, Laurie Bradshaw embezzled more than $240,000.  Bradshaw defrauded these three Chicago area employers by taking advantage of her position with these companies in which they entrusted her with such duties as coordinating purchases from vendors, opening a new office for one of the companies, and more »

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Lessons From the Prosecution and Death of Aaron Swartz

Much has been written recently about the sad case of Aaron Swartz. Described as “a brilliant young software programmer and Internet activist,” Swartz, 26, committed suicide in January. At the time of his death, Swartz was under indictment in the District of Massachusetts for wire fraud, computer fraud, and various other cyber-crime-related offenses. The indictment more »

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Securities Issues: The Continuing Debate Over the Use of Finders vs. Broker-Dealers

A recurring and vexing issue has arisen again recently in my practice: can an (unlicensed) individual assist a public company in identifying sources of financing without the parties running afoul of the broker-dealer registration requirement under Section 3(a)(4) and 15(a)(1) of the Exchange Act? The relevant authorities on the issue appear nothing short of schizophrenic. more »

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Our Trial Was Right Here a Decade or Two Ago

Americans love trials. Criminal trials, in particular, have been a favorite subject for both television (Law &Order, Perry Mason) and movies (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Verdict). But judges, lawyers, and litigants? Not so much. It has been widely reported here and here that the number of trials of all varieties (criminal, civil, bench, jury) more »

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Venturing Into The Cloud

Considering its importance, most people have little knowledge of the concept and the impact it has on personal data storage and the challenges it creates in investigating cybercrime. So what is cloud computing? It is no more than a metaphor. The concept of storing data via the internet on another computer or computers located somewhere more »

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Malicious Employees

Malicious Employees and Data Security

Research has indicated that the majority of information leaks or information losses a company suffers are caused by employees that have no idea they are doing anything wrong, or in the process of trying to get their job done, intentionally flout data security policies. Then there are the instances where an employee intentionally distributes or more »

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