Monthly Archives: July 2016

I’m All About the Glory (Please Nominate Me!)

Last year, I won the coveted (among geeky law bloggers) ABA Blawg 100 award. I’ll be honest: I put in a lot of time on this blog and that little award meant a lot. I even got a great little … Continue reading

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When Will the Government Ask for Pretrial Detention for a White Collar Defendant?

It is very rare for a defendant in a white collar criminal case to be detained pretrial. The two primary factors under the Bail Reform Act are whether the defendant (1) is a danger to another person or to the … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Stands Strong on Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (Sort Of)

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been used by prosecutors to charge individuals who “exceed authorized access” (or act “without authorization”) on a computer–sometimes their employers’ computers, sometimes a stranger’s computer that they are hacking. The problem is that … Continue reading

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The Best Sentence in the McDonnell Decision

Like most defense attorneys, I welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision in the McDonnell case.   The Court vacated former Governor McDonnell’s convictions for Hobbs Act extortion and honest services fraud and remanded the case to the Fourth Circuit for further findings. … Continue reading

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The Hard Numbers on White-Collar Criminal Sentences

Calling all data geeks: The United States Sentencing Commission just issued its “Overview of Federal Criminal Cases, Fiscal Year 2015.” It’s a fairly short summary of the longer “2015 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics,” which is also worth checking out. … Continue reading

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