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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Misled Judge: The Aaron Schock Case

Elected officials under government investigation try to avoid indictment like any other white-collar client. They know that if charged with a crime, it will be nearly impossible to win re-election. Once indicted, though, they fight back, and fight back hard. … Continue reading

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Fight the Power, Part II: The Sheldon Silver Case

In Part I of this series, I pointed out that DOJ uses the media as a tool to punish defendants. It publicizes indictments, without equally publicizing acquittals and dismissals. This post is the second in a series exploring how defense … Continue reading

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What Is Grand Jury Secrecy?

Public access to criminal trials is a fundamental principle of our justice system. As the Supreme Court articulated in 1980: [Supreme Court precedent] recognized that open trials are bulwarks of our free and democratic government: public access to court proceedings … Continue reading

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