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Lying Isn't Always Fraud - the Sixth Circuit Sends A Case Back Because Buying Drugs From a Drug Distributor Is What The Drug...

Lester and Nancy Sadler, a husband and wife, ran a series of pain management clinics in Ohio. As the Sixth Circuit explained, "these were not conventional plain clinics." For example, at one clinic patients would...more

The Sad Aftermath of New York’s Rockefeller Drug Sentencing Laws

In a recent edition of National Public Radio’s Prison Time Media Project, a victim of the Rockefeller drugs laws shared his tragic story. In the late 1970s, George Prendes was a young Cuban immigrant facing eviction from his...more

Short Wins - The First Post Of 2014 Edition

There's been a lot of action in the federal circuits these first few weeks of the year, and here, in one post we have a lot of it. One shout out in particular is U.S. v. Aparicio-Soria....more

Defending Drug Sales and Distribution Charges

Possessing or transporting a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute is always a felony and is deemed ineligible for drug diversion. Conviction carries harsh sentences that include significant fines,...more

“Hustlin’” to a Legal Victory: Rick Ross and the Right of Publicity

California gives you the right to profit from your own identity. But what if you assume somebody else’s? Rick Ross is famous for rapping about cocaine. Ricky D. Ross is famous for selling it. Ross (the cocaine...more

Possession and Distribution Charges

Possession of a controlled substance is a crime under Health & Safety Code 11350. Furthermore, the controlled substance in question, along with one's prior criminal record can influence the severity of the offense and...more

Drug Quality and Security Act Gives FDA Authority to Regulate Drug Compounding and Creates Uniform Federal Standards for...

On Nov.18, Congress enacted sweeping changes to the laws governing the safety of the drug supply. The Drug Quality and Security Act (the act) clarifies FDA's authority to regulate drug compounding. It also creates uniform...more

Major Changes in Drug Compounding and Drug Distribution Requirements (Part 1 of 2)

On September 28, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Drug Quality and Security Act (H.R. 3204). The bill is compromise legislation crafted by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension ("HELP") and House...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - July 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate One Year ..House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Draft Legislation for SGR Fix ..CMS Proposes Payment Changes for Medicare...more

Tough On Crime Or Just Tough On People?

Admittedly, she had made mistakes in her life. Fifteen years ago, Stephanie George was pulling her life back together after a prison sentence for drug dealing. Suddenly, in the midst of healing herself and her family, she...more

Short Wins - President's Day Edition

It's a scattershot collection of sentencing remands in this week's short wins....more

Short Wins - Resentencings Abound

It's been a big week for resentencings - especially in the Sixth and Seventh Circuits....more

Short Wins - The Seventh Circuit Goes Strong, But The Ninth Circuit Goes Interesting; Resentencing, Discovery Violations, And...

It's a good week in the circuits for folks accused of federal crimes. The Seventh Circuit has been active (though sadly without Judge Posner). United States v. Diaz-Rios looks interesting - it's a remand for resentencing...more

The First Circuit On Police Providing Information To Drug Dealers - You're Only In A Federal Drug Conspiracy If You Know It's A...

It seems that Rolando Ramos was a marijuana dealer. I say that because the police had him on a wire doing drug deals, found marijuana in his house when they executed a search warrant, and because he pled guilty to being...more

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