Federal Crimes

While the idea of “fake” Viagra may cause a smirk or a grin to cross your face, the consequences in federal court are real and significant. The federal government has vast resources that can be used to investigate potential federal offenses. Certainly, prosecutors take these cases seriously. The stakes are high when prosecutors seek a […]

Accusations of Public Corruption Can Be Federal Charge

Public corruption allegations, such as allegations of a government worker accepting bribes or misusing public resources, are something that the government takes incredibly seriously. Such allegations can sometimes lead to a government worker facing federal or investigations and criminal proceedings. What occurs in such investigations and proceedings can have significant impacts on a government worker’s […]

Thoughts on Federal Sentencing: Firearms and Drug Cases

In fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Sentencing Commission received 84,173 reports of federal criminal convictions. Of those, 5,768 involved the possession of firearms or ammunition by individuals prohibited from having them. People prohibited from having firearms include, but are not limited to, people convicted of certain state or federal felonies or domestic violence misdemeanors. This […]

Philanthropist on Trial in El Paso for Money Laundering

A prominent international trade lawyer from El Paso is on trial this week, accused of conspiring to launder nearly $500 million for a Mexican drug cartel. The case is one of the highest-profile drug money laundering cases ever brought against a U.S. citizen, and part of the government’s fury may be due to allegations the […]

In 2010, a Dallas-based journalist who specializes in exposing ties between the government and private security firms formed an online collective called Project PM. The reporter, whose stories have appeared in publications including the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair and the Guardian, wanted to investigate confidential documents unearthed by groups like WikiLeaks and the super-secret hacker […]

In an unprecedented and very positive move, the U.S. Department of Justice has just announced that it will undertake a massive review of federal convictions that may have been based on misleading testimony by FBI laboratory analysts. Federal prosecutors will comb through the cases of more than 2,000 people, some of whom are facing the […]

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