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 »


DOJ Privacy Concerns

US Justice Department Tracking American Motorists

According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, the US Justice Department has been gathering and storing records of hundreds of American motorists. The report claims that this database can track the movements of vehicles across the country. The news has been confirmed through government documents as well as by former and current more »


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New York Prosecutor Highlights Need for Regulations to Fight Data Encryption

A top prosecutor of New York Country says that Apple and Google should be legally required to give police access to customer data that may be deemed necessary when investigating crimes. According to Cyrus Vance, Manhattan District Attorney, federal and state governments should consider passing laws that forbid devices like smartphones, tablets etc. to be more »


Medical marijuana laws

Federal Government Claims in Court that Marijuana is Dangerous

President Obama has recently signed a legislation prohibiting any federal interference with state medical marijuana laws. As per this law, the federal government is barred from spending money to prevent California and 21 other states from implementing laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana. However, a federal judge in Sacramento more »



Microsoft Files Civil Lawsuit Against Scammers

Microsoft is suing scammers who phone people pretending to represent the firm and offering bogus technology support. It is believed that these spam callers ask to take over home computers and demand money to fix them. They are also known to install viruses and useless security software and trick people into spending hundreds of dollars more »