Category Archives: Public Corruption

Insider Trading on the Coronavirus? Not So Novel, After All

By Sara Kropf There have been heartwarming stories of good deeds during the coronavirus pandemic, from the adorable (kids helping elderly neighbors) to the downright heroic (doctors and nurses risking their own lives). But one particularly viral (pun intended) covid-19 … 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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The Search Warrant for Lawyer Michael Cohen’s Office – How Did That Happen? DOJ Policies Reviewed

On April 9, 2018, news broke that the FBI had raided the office of President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen. Apparently the search was the result of referral from Special Counsel Mueller’s team to the SDNY U.S. Attorney’s Office. When I … Continue reading

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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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Protecting the Unindicted Co-Conspirator – Bridgegate, Continued

In North Jersey Media Group, Inc. v. United States, the Third Circuit addressed another interesting legal issue that arose within the Bridgegate scandal in New Jersey. You can read more about that case here. The media’s right to access information … Continue reading

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An Open Letter Thanking the McDonnell Team (Or, Why We Can’t Give Up)

Dear Governor McDonnell’s Legal Team: As you probably know, the government decided not to retry Governor Bob McDonnell yesterday. This is big news. It follows his victory in the Supreme Court. He won. You won. Was this the best paragraph … 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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Is It Really a Crime to Close a Few Lanes of Traffic? Yes, in the Bridgegate Prosecutions

Seeking revenge against political opponents is a time-honored American tradition. Why is the Department of Justice contending that it is a crime? Three former high-ranking officials in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have been implicated in … Continue reading

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Five Early Musings on the McDonnell Guilty Verdict

Yesterday a jury in Richmond found former Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife guilty of public corruption. Here are the details of it. I’m sure many others will offer in-depth analysis of the verdict in the coming days. Here are … Continue reading

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