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Can the Government Search Your Email Without a Warrant?

Posted by Unknown | Dec 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many of us are familiar enough with the constitutional protections that prevent the police from walking into your house and going through your things without a warrant. Given these protections from warrantless searches, it may be surprising to learn that the government can force your internet ser...

Prison Sentencing Reform Takes a Big Step Forward

Posted by Unknown | Nov 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sentencing reform has taken a big step forward in reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders. The House Judiciary Committee has approved the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015, which is now making its way to the House of Representatives. The bill will reduce mandatory minimum senten...

Doctors Charged With Massive Insurance Fraud

Posted by Unknown | Nov 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the rising cost of health care, many patients are on the hook for pricey medical bills after treatment. While most doctors and hospitals are charging the market rates for medical care, some more unscrupulous patients and healthcare providers are taking advantage of the high costs of health c...

Federal Kidnapping Charges in Bizarre Ransom Plot

Posted by Jessica Carmichael | Oct 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a kidnapping story so bizarre the it was recently the subject of an NBC Dateline story, a federal grand jury has indicted a man in California for allegedly abducting a woman for ransom. Matthew Muller, 38-years-old, will be facing life in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. On March 23rd...

6,000 Federal Prison Inmates Cleared for Release

Posted by Jessica Carmichael | Oct 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

It's not often that Republicans and Democrats can agree on anything, but one issue has recently brought the two sides together. After decades of enforcing harsh penalties for simple and non-violent drug crimes, lawmakers are now moving towards a more measured approach to federal drug crimes. As a...

Murder Conviction in Federal Border Patrol Agent Killing

Posted by Unknown | Oct 05, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two Mexican nationals have been convicted of federal murder charges in the death of a Border Patrol agent. The two men, Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, were members of a “rip crew,” which is a group that robs drug traffickers of drugs or money. The men admitted they had entered t...

Before You Decide to Hide Out from Federal Prosecutors

Posted by Unknown | Sep 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Before you decide to hide out from federal criminal prosecution, you will probably find that investigators won't quickly forget about you. Months, years, or even decades later, the feds are not likely to let you move on, and may continue to pursue criminal prosecution long after any alleged crime...

Will the Justice Department May Be Coming After Wall Street

Posted by Unknown | Sep 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Justice Department has gone after big banks for corporate wrongdoing and secured billions in fines, but prosecutors largely ignored corporate executives. Former Attorney General Eric Holder faced criticism for what some saw as leniency towards the executives. Now, with the federal depart...

The Right Side of the Justice System Supports Sentencing Reform

Posted by Unknown | Jun 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Non-violent drug offenders are the favored children of our justice system when we discuss sentencing reform.   Almost universally, when the subject is discussed, this group of individuals is well-advocated for.  Now, 130 judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials have lent their voices in...

Police Cannot Bring the Drug Dogs After a Traffic Stop is Over

Posted by Unknown | Apr 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a stunning (yet common sense) victory for the defense attorneys before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court ruled that the police cannot unjustifiably extend a traffic stop in order to have the car sniffed by drug dogs. "Beyond determining whether to issue a traffic ticket, an of...

Supreme Court rules that ankle bracelet monitoring equals a Fourth Amendment Search!

Posted by Unknown | Mar 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

In an emphatic summary reversal of the lower court, the Supreme Court held in a per curiam summary reversal Grady v. North Carolina, No. 14-593 (S. Ct. March 30, 2015) that satellite monitoring programs for sex offenders - the ankle bracelet - does amount to a search pursuant to the Fourth Amendment and therefore must be reasonable. This has implications for all defendants, not just sex offenders.

Supreme Court criticizes mandatory minimums

Posted by Unknown | Mar 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two Supreme Court justices are speaking out against mandatory minimums and saying the correctional system is broken.  Of note is that one of them, Justice Kennedy, normally sides with law enforcement on questions of criminal procedure. This type of top-down re-evaluation of our justice system is...

The High Price of Remote Incarceration

Posted by Jessica Carmichael | Mar 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Great story this morning on the personal costs of remote incarceration.  Local jails are shipping inmates long distances to serve relatively short sentencings.  While it may save some government resources, the removal from society only enhances the difficulties of re-integration and could therefo...

Arrestee neglect leads to near-murder by DEA

Posted by Unknown | Jul 09, 2014 | 0 Comments

"Chong wasn't forgotten.  He was ignored.  The former would merely be callous incompetence.  The latter is what happens when you are conditioned to see drug offenders as less than human." http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/07/09/daniel-chong-is-the-entirely-predictable-result...

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