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Short Wins - The "I'm Not Dead Edition"

1. United States v. Dominic Pelligrino, Second Circuit: Appellant Pellegrino was charged with having violated New York's narcotics laws and pleaded guilty in state court. Although the circuit court found his arguments...more

D.C. Circuit Clarifies Key Issue in Wake of High Court’s ‘Honest Services’ Decision

A recent D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision narrows the ability of the government to revisit uncharged crimes against a person whose plea has been vacated due to a change in the law....more

High Court Clarifies Rule on Plea Discussions in Federal Criminal Cases

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held last month in United States v. Davila that a guilty plea does not need to be automatically vacated, regardless of whether there has been prejudice to the defendant, when a...more

Former NFL Star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson Serves as a Reminder that Court Decorum Matters

This week, former NFL player and Dancing With the Stars contestant Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson learned an important lesson that all litigants and their attorneys must remember: court decorum matters. Johnson appeared in a...more

Road Rage Incident Results In Plea Bargain

Back in September 2012, a road rage incident began on Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Mequon. Nicole Sumlin was driving on the freeway when she allegedly cut in front of a vehicle driven by Darrell Olson....more

The Fourth Circuit Holds That A Plea Based On Law Enforcement Fraud Is Invalid, Even If The Person Is Guilty

October 29, 2007 started bad for Cortez Fisher. He walked out of his house and the Baltimore police approached him (he lived in Baltimore). They asked to talk to him. He said no. He tried to drive away, but backed into...more

Weekly Brief: New Round of Layoffs Hit Law Firms [Video]

March 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. New Jersey-based Archer & Greiner PC is the latest law firm to announce layoffs of attorneys and staff. Also, counsel for...more

The Effect Of Mental Competency In Death Penalty Cases

Prosecutors and Jared Lee Loughner, who shot Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, killed six people and injured 13 others in a shooting rampage at an Arizona political gathering, reached a plea deal in August 2012. Under...more

Final FATCA Rules Issued by U.S. Treasury Deparment: Future Impact Still Being Considered, But It Will Be Huge for International...

This week, the Treasury Department released the Final Rules for FATCA -- the agency regulations that work to implement and enforce the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act...more

How Does Cooperating In A Federal Criminal Case Work? [Video]

Matt Kaiser, a Washington DC federal criminal defense attorney at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC (http://www.tklf.com), describes how cooperating with the federal government - to provide evidence that a federal prosecutor can use...more

If you've been accused of a crime in federal court, should you plead guilty or go to trial? [Video]

Matt Kaiser, a Washington DC federal criminal defense attorney at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC (http://www.tklf.com), describes how to think about whether to go to trial or take a plea in a federal criminal case. Figuring out...more

Abu Hamza's Lawyer: I'm Interested in Talking About a Plea Deal  [Video]

Jeremy Schneider, a lawyer appointed by a Manhattan federal judge to represent alleged al Qaeda member Abu Hamza, says he's interested in speaking to prosecutors about a plea deal. He declined to say whether his client would...more

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