Author Archives: Sara Kropf

Can the Government Seek Forfeiture of a Criminal Defense Attorney’s Fees? (Part 1)

By Sara Kropf The Department of Justice’s Justice Manual (formerly the U.S. Attorney’s Manual) includes a section that describes “Attorney Fee Forfeiture Guidelines.” Although technically not binding on anyone, the guidelines offer a helpful understanding of when and how DOJ … Continue reading

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OIG Investigations in the Time of Coronavirus: Time and Attendance Fraud by Federal Employees

A personal note: We hope everyone is safe and healthy right now. We aren’t going to spam your email with what our plans are for these strange and scary times. (If you want to know, we’re working hard for our … Continue reading

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Cell Site Evidence is Junk Science (and a Recent DC Opinion Could Help Keep It Out of Court)

By Sara Kropf Since I handle only white-collar criminal matters, I don’t deal with forensic science as often as other criminal defense lawyers do. I’ve never had a case turn on DNA samples or bitemark evidence or analysis of clothing … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Small Firms (And Kropf Moseley Is Hiring)

By Dan Portnov As advice-givers, lawyers are prolific. Everyone seems to have their war stories, their career development tales, and their many lessons learned along the way. I am no different. And having made a few stops in my journey, … Continue reading

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Is DOJ Stuck With Its Positions in the “Updated” Roger Stone Sentencing Memo?

By Sara Kropf The Department of Justice’s “supplemental and amended” sentencing memorandum in the Roger Stone criminal case is nothing short of extraordinary. You can find a copy of the updated Stone memo here. Lots of commentators have hit the … Continue reading

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Why Do Prosecutors Consistently Get the Benefit of the Doubt on Intent for Brady Violations?

By Sara Kropf In most white-collar cases, intent is the key issue. The government generally has to prove that the defendant intentionally acted to break the law and it wasn’t simply a mistake or an oversight. Circumstantial evidence is enough … Continue reading

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Did the Fourth Circuit Just Outlaw Taint Teams? Nope, But It Threw Up Some Roadblocks

By Sara Kropf Taint teams are dubious at best. A taint team is a group of government agents or prosecutors selected to review material seized through a search warrant to determine whether any of the material is protected by the … Continue reading

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Another Insider Trading Court Decision: Making Life Easier for the Government

By Dan Portnov 2019 ended with Congress trying to tackle insider trading but 2020 begins with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals once again commanding center stage in defining the elements of the offense. In United States v. Blaszczak (issued … Continue reading

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Year End Review: Big Firm News and the 5 Most Popular Posts in 2019 (Yours and Ours)

By Sara Kropf We had a big year at Law Office of Sara Kropf. The biggest news is that we don’t exist anymore. Not to worry, though. Andrea Moseley joined the firm, and we are now Kropf Moseley PLLC. With … Continue reading

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Congress Tackles Insider Trading

By Dan Portnov Not busy enough with impeachment in the run up to the holidays, the U.S. House of Representatives on December 5 passed a bipartisan bill to prohibit insider trading. The Insider Trading Prohibition Act passed by a vote … Continue reading

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