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A License to Wed: Can You Be Denied a Marriage License?

In October of 2013, the Illinois couple of Colette Purifoy and John Morris were denied a marriage license because of John’s inability to consent. In 2009, John suffered permanent brain damage after unexpected complications...more

Prison Realignment – A Clearer Picture

What do we do with the recently released data that approximately 60% of parolees released to counties were arrested within 12 months of leaving prison? This confirms that rather than seeing a decrease, recidivism rates have,...more

Dust In The Wind – A "Silent Epidemic" Rises In The Southwest

Statisticians call it a correlation when two sets of data are strongly linked. Last Friday, the governor of California declared a state of emergency arising from the persistent drought that resulted in 2013 being the driest...more

Federal Authorities Crack Down on Student Discipline Practices

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Issue Guidance Warning Against Unlawful Discrimination in Student Discipline - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this week issued a...more

All About “Commitment”: CEQA Review is Not Triggered By Orange County’s AB 900 Application For State Funding To Expand Existing...

In a decision recently ordered published, the Fourth District Court of Appeal added to the growing progeny of Save Tara, and affirmed the trial court’s judgment denying the City of Irvine’s writ petition seeking to compel...more

California Builds More Prisons to Resolve Prison Overcrowding

Court orders requiring the state of California to deal with the problem of prison overcrowding have forced Governor Jerry Brown to be proactive about raising taxes and moving prisoners to county prisons and privately held...more

California Extends Deadline to Consider Early Prison Release for Immigration Law Offenders

California is currently considering a number of possible solutions to its prison overcrowding problems – one of which is an early release of immigration offenders. Last month, a three-judge panel agreed to extend until...more

Mail Fraud, Money Laundering And Prison Time

A recent case in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio illustrates the damage and danger of fraudulent activities involving the mail and large sums of money. In July 2013, former information technology director for Cuyahoga Heights...more

More Undocumented Immigrants Are Being Sent to Prison

Undocumented immigrants make up the fastest growing segment of the federal prison population. Of the more than 60,000 people convicted of immigration crimes this year, most have been entered (or re-entered) the country...more

UBS Client Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Bloomberg reports that a client of UBS AG was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for using a Swiss bank account to evade more than $1 million in taxes. ...more

Colorado Accounting Department Head Sentenced to Federal Prison for Failing to Pay Over Employment Taxes

Bloomberg BNA reports that a Colorado woman who managed the accounting department of a garage door company she co-owns was sentenced to 28 months for failing to pay $4.67 million in employment taxes (United States v....more

Individuals Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Immigration Conspiracy

Three individuals from Missouri, Thomas Laurence, Thomas Strawbridge, and Elizabeth Meredith, were recently sentenced to 1 to 10 years in prison for a fraudulent immigration scheme. The individuals, none of whom are licensed...more

Prison for Executives of Professional Employer Organization

The AP is reporting today that two West Virginia staffing agency executives have been sentenced to prison in a tax evasion scheme....more

Fee Caps Do Not Apply to Prisoners Defending Judgment on Appeal

In Woods v. Carey the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case on the recovery of attorney fees in the context of a prisoner defending a judgment on appeal....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

Short Wins - The BOP Makes Prison Harder For Women, And Blog Lobbying

It's a bit of a sleepy week in the circuits, but not too sleepy in the news....more

CMS Demands Repayment for Items and Services Furnished to Incarcerated Beneficiaries

CMS recently initiated recoveries from providers and suppliers for services furnished to beneficiaries while “incarcerated,” which generally are not covered by Medicare. Such services are not covered because a state or local...more

Conspirators Get Prison Time for Defrauding Small Business 8(a) Program

White-collar crime can involve any number of types of fraud against the government or private parties. One that isn’t usually thought about but can result in serious jail time involves conspiracies to obtain government...more

Imagine This -- Détente Between the Right and the Left On Prison Reform!

Can you imagine political conservatives advocating prison reform? It is hard to imagine if you are old enough to remember the infamous Willie Horton ads from the 1988 U.S.Presidential race....more

Mr. Bourke Heads To Jail – If Only He Had A Compliance Officer At The Table

After years of litigation and twists and turns, Mr. Bourke finally entered jail to serve his one year and one day sentence. ...more

GEO Group to Pay $140,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Suit Filed by EEOC and ACRD

Women Employees Abused at Arizona Prison, Civil Rights Agencies Charged - PHOENIX - The GEO Group, Inc., a prison management company, will pay a total of $140,000 to two women and furnish other relief to settle a...more

What Does Cooperation Buy You?

Cooperation. The word is filled with meaning for enforcement professionals. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice profess to weigh it heavily when making charging and sanctioning...more

Inmates Claim County is Depriving Them of Basic Medical and Mental Health Care - Similar Lawsuits Expected to be Filed as Counties...

Inmates in the Riverside County jails served a federal class-action lawsuit last week, claiming the county is subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishment by depriving them of basic medical and mental health care. Among...more

Prison Re-Entry Panel at PBI Conference - Great Learning Experience

One of the great things about being invited to be on a panel at the Pro Bono Institute's wonderful annual conference is that, even though I was presumable asked because I know something about the topic, I always learn much...more

Wiccan Prisoners Might Soon Have Representation

Wicca is a pagan-based religion growing in popularity in Europe and North America. One sign of growth can be measured by the increased number of legal decisions relating to the practices of Wiccans. The most recent of these...more

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