Can I Get Out of Jail While My Federal Criminal Appeal is Pending?
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
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 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
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
Maybe you really needed the money and didn’t have the “real thing” or you didn’t want to lose a good customer when your supply was low. Or maybe you thought he was a sucker. So you sold him “bunk” – fake drugs. Fake weed,...more
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
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
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
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
The AP is reporting today that two West Virginia staffing agency executives have been sentenced to prison in a tax evasion scheme....more
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
The parent-child relationship is never more complex than when one parent is incarcerated. Even when a parent has been convicted of a crime and is serving time in prison, that parent can still have appropriate contact with...more
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
It's a bit of a sleepy week in the circuits, but not too sleepy in the news....more
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
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
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
After years of litigation and twists and turns, Mr. Bourke finally entered jail to serve his one year and one day sentence. ...more
New Jersey has classified most drug possession as a fourth or third degree crime, often resulting in prison sentences for the offenders. In July 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill with bipartisan support giving...more
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
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 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
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
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
Matt Kaiser, a Washington DC federal criminal defense attorney at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC (http://www.tklf.com), discusses what has to happen to be released from prison while an appeal is pending in federal court.