Casselle Smith

Casselle Smith

Jeff Ifrah

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Smart is the New Tough: A Changing Approach in America’s War on Drugs, Crime?

Fact: the United States incarcerates its citizens at the highest rate in the developed world. Indeed—save one small chain of islands, whose entire population is just a fraction of our prison population—the United States’...more

11/25/2014 - Bail Criminal Prosecution Illegal Drugs Law Enforcement Prison Reform

Ifrah Law Report: Johns Hopkins Symposium on Social Costs of Mass Incarceration

On April 28, 2014, Ifrah Law attorneys Jeff Hamlin and Casselle Smith attended a symposium on incarceration presented by The Johns Hopkins University and its Urban Health Institute. The day–long program focused on adverse...more

5/8/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Rehabilitation Johns Hopkins Prison

FTC Secures Seven Figure Judgment Against Single Co-Defendant in Scareware Case

After the FTC secured a $163MM judgment against Kristy Ross in the US District Court of Maryland, the 4th Circuit affirmed, and so ends the FTC’s six-year “scareware” enforcement action. From beginning to end, this odyssey...more

3/19/2014 - Enforcement Enforcement Actions FTC Personal Liability Section 5

Don’t Let Google+ Get You Arrested

A Massachusetts man, whose ex-girlfriend had a restraining order out against him, was recently arrested for sending her an invitation to join Google+. This unfortunate drama sheds light on the disparate impact of ordinary...more

1/16/2014 - Google Restraining Orders

The Bitcoin Bubble Hasn’t Burst Yet, But The First Signs Of Trouble Are Brewing

The value of Bitcoin, the hottest and most widely traded virtual currency, plunged a little over a week ago, after China’s central bank issued a statement that the government is banning financial institutions from trading in...more

12/19/2013 - Bitcoins China Virtual Currency

Appeals Court: Forced Rectal Search of Suspect Violates 4th Amendment

In a recent opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit addressed whether it was constitutionally reasonable for police to use a doctor – in this case, a doctor “who is known to conduct unconsented intrusive...more

10/8/2013 - Body Cavity Searches Fourth Amendment Search & Seizure Warrantless Searches

Was This Sentence Quite Excessive for a Bizarre Fraud Scheme?

A $3 billion fraud scheme, more farcical than dangerous and in any case doomed to fail, led to 20-year sentences in federal prison for all four conspirators. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, however, vacated the...more

8/16/2013 - Conspiracies Fraud Mail Fraud Sentencing Wire Fraud

Google Glass Sounds Exciting — But What About Privacy?

Beta testing is underway for Google Glass, a new technology that provides the functionality of a smartphone in a headset worn like glasses. Much like a smartphone, the Glass headset is able to exchange messages with other...more

7/18/2013 - Audio Recording Google Invasion of Privacy Mobile Devices Mobile Privacy Right to Privacy Technology Video Recordings

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