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Short Wins - The Smurfing Edition

The big news in this edition of Short Wins is United States v. Abair - a simply crazy Seventh Circuit. I already wrote about it for a general legal audience on Above the Law (Inspector Javert Goes Smurfing in Indiana)...more

What If Toronto’s Mayor Served In Ohio?

These are interesting times in Toronto. Mayor Rob Ford has admitted to smoking crack and drinking himself into a stupor, has made sexual remarks and knocked over a female coworker. But little can be done because Ford has not...more

Drug Crimes Defense

The severity of drug offense penalties vary depending on two factors, which are whether the intent to procure or actual possession of the substance was for personal use or for profit. While possession for personal use has...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

End of the Road: Harsh Penalties for Drug Possessors

While technological advances have made shopping and communicating easier, they have also created black markets on the Internet where illegal drug transactions occur with a mouse click. These online criminal interactions not...more

Steps To Take If Arrested For Drugs In Ohio

Drug crimes carry a stigma. If convicted of possessing, selling, manufacturing or trafficking drugs, you could lose your freedom for a very long time. ...more

The D.C. Circuit Holds That A Judge In D.C. Cannot Authorize A Bug In Maryland

The United States government thought that Lonnell Glover was a drug dealer. They tapped his phone, but he spoke in code so they couldn't get any evidence on him that way....more

Sixth Circuit Crack Cocaine Sentencing Decision Also Relevant To Civil Practitioners

In a highly anticipated en banc decision in United States of America v. Blewett, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit addressed whether prisoners previously sentenced for possession of crack cocaine were...more

White Lines Float Away: Coast Guard Catches Caribbean Contraband

A Florida-based Coast Guard crew returned to port with a $23 million contraband haul, which represents the fruits of a five-week Caribbean patrol. Unloading the 1,500 pounds of cocaine it had seized near Puerto Rico, the crew...more

Short Wins - Overcriminalization And Prison Costs Head To Congress

Congress these days seems to have noticed that we have too many federal criminal laws - which is a good thing (the Congressional notice, less the excessive criminal laws). Last week, the House Judiciary Committee heard...more

Federal Penalties For Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. So much so that the federal government has developed harsh penalties for people who commit methamphetamine drug crimes....more

Bitcoin And The Silk Road

The advent of the Internet is not all positive – criminals like to use the Internet and they are very good at doing so. The same might be said for Bitcoin, the new raging virtual currency....more

What Employers Need to Know About Illinois' New Medical Marijuana Law

On August 2, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, P.A., 98-0122. As of January 1, 2014, the Act will establish a four-year pilot program in Illinois that...more

Drug Court In Sarasota County

An epidemic of drug crimes has swept the nation in the last few decades. States have come to realize that repeated prosecution and incarceration is not the answer to their burgeoning drug crime rates, and Florida is no...more

It Does Not Pay To Run

A recent incident involving a Cleveland man illustrates the need to resist the urge to flee if you’re stopped by the police. In March 2013, 42-year-old Cleveland resident Cory D. Locke was observed making a possible...more

As if Beijing’s notorious Silk Market for fakes was not bad enough . . .

The infamous Silk Road Anonymous Market site is back in service, following a DDOS (“distributed denial of service”) attack on May 1, 2013. The Silk Road is sometimes referred to as “the Amazon or eBay of illegal drugs.”...more

Don’t Let Your Client’s Assets Go Up In Smoke When They Discover That Their Tenant Is Growing or Manufacturing Drugs In Their...

Your next-door neighbors may look like normal, law-abiding citizens, but you never really know what they’re hiding beneath their homes – like a largescale marijuana grow operation, perhaps? One such operation was uncovered in...more

Alabama Statewide Health Coordinating Council Update – August 2013

In this Update: - A. Consideration of an Application to Adjust the State Health Plan - B. Committee Report from the FED Study Committee - C. Committee Report from the Methadone Treatment Clinic Review...more

Ukraine introduces criminal liability of businesses

On 1 September 2014, criminal liability of legal entities will be introduced in Ukraine. The President of Ukraine signed a relevant law, under which amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine...more

Short Wins - Attorney General Holder Wants Fewer People In Prison And We Add Attorney Names

It's been a busy week in the circuits. But first, two news items. Eric Holder Walks Back The War On Drugs - Today, as has been widely reported, Eric Holder will announce that "widespread incarceration at the...more

A Brady Violation In Tennessee

Placido Mendoza drove a truck from North Carolina to Tennessee. His passenger was Abel Tavera....more

Drug Courts — What Are They And Do They Work?

Drugs often play a major role in crimes across Florida....more

Ohio Drug Trafficking And Distribution Laws

It is against the law to possess, use, sell, manufacture or distribute illegal drugs in Ohio....more

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