April 2017 Archives

Justice Dept. considering charging WikiLeaks for publishing leaks

Leaking secret documents for the purpose of informing the public is controversial, no doubt about it. Those who do it are considered heroes by some, perceived to be dragging unsavory secrets into the sunlight so citizens know about them and can demand change. Others consider leakers to be villains who expose legitimately secret, embarrassing and even damaging information out where our enemies can take advantage of it.

Get a second opinion regarding appealing a criminal conviction

When you decided to go to trial and let the court decide your fate, you might not have expected that the court would actually convict you. You've probably heard from one source or another that the possibility of appealing a conviction exists. In truth, you can only appeal your conviction under certain circumstances.

AG Sessions shuts down forensic evidence reform commission

DNA evidence may not be perfect, but it has one truly critical application: Exonerating people who have been wrongly convicted. Since 1989, the Innocence Project says, DNA evidence has led to the exoneration of 349 people. Those people had served a total of 4,763 in prison for crimes they didn't commit. Forty-six percent of the time, their convictions were obtained, at least in part, because the prosecution presented forensic evidence that was misapplied.

Is the IRS targeting innocent businesses for alleged fraud?

Hollywood dramatizations have sometimes referenced the ten thousand dollar reporting requirement that applies to banks. Such depictions often involve characters depositing illegally earned income. Yet a series of deposits just under that threshold may also draw IRS scrutiny.

White collar criminal defendant agrees to a guilty plea

Authorities punish crimes involving fraud very seriously. A defendant accused of defrauding $2 million from two-dozen investors across the country, including an Indiana farmer, recently learned this truth the hard way.  The man has been sentenced to 15 years for his schemes, plus another three years under supervision.

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