Monthly Archives: January 2015

Judge Jed Rakoff Is Never Boring

There have been a lot of reasons to find SDNY Judge Jed S. Rakoff interesting. But the most recent one–involving his resignation from a federal commission over forensic science discovery rules–is in the top 10. (Be sure to read the … Continue reading

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Will I Be Free on Bail Pending Appeal? For Governor McDonnell, the Answer Is Yes

When you lose at trial in a white-collar case (read: most of the time), one of your client’s first questions will be, “will I stay out of prison while we appeal?” This is one time when a white-collar defendant usually … Continue reading

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6 Problems With Marketing White-Collar Defense Work

Sunday, January 25, is the two-year anniversary of my solo practice. Two years ago, I was a partner at a big firm. I was pretty happy, very well compensated—and looking for more. So I left. Some said it was great. … Continue reading

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A Tragic Update–Prosecution Ends With the Defendant’s Suicide

A few months ago, I wrote about the indictment of Alfred Villalobos and Federico Buenrostro. Mr. Villalobos had allegedly been part of a massive pay-for-play investment fraud involving CalPERS. Mr. Buenrostro (the former CEO of CalPERS) pleaded guilty in July … Continue reading

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The Guidelines Are “Ridiculous”: Governor McDonnell’s Two-Year Sentence

Former Governor Robert McDonnell was sentenced today to two years in prison for public corruption. Given that the government asked for a sentence in the 10-12 year range, a two-year sentence is a remarkable outcome. In criminal defense work, sometimes … Continue reading

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