On June 18, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced that a federal judge ordered a bank to forfeit $560,000 in drug proceeds laundered through the bank on which the bank failed to file currency transaction...more
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
More than a century ago, heroin was first created and used as a cough medicine. It wasn’t long after its creation, however, that heroin found a place among poets, artists and musicians. During the 1920s, many addicts...more
With the exception of Washington and Colorado, marijuana remains illegal across the United States. The illegality of cannabis has given rise to many new and dangerous synthetic drugs that claim to mimic the effects of...more
The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld the for-cause termination of a supervisor who used text messages to solicit and obtain drugs from an employee under his supervision. Safety was one of the supervisor’s responsibilities in...more
In 2005, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began indicting members of the Black Mafia Family (BMF) in connection with a multi-state drug distribution ring, targeting over 150 members of the gang. Having strong connections...more
Details from Each Chamber:
The House worked through the Calendar this week, giving third reading to various bills on Tuesday. During the Majority Caucus meeting, the Speaker told the members that both...more
I was speaking this week at IAHIMA’s Annual Conference on the issues relating to HIPAA audits and recent updates from OCR and ONC. As part of my program we typically solicit questions prior to the presentation, most of which...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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