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What to Watch for in the FIFA Case, Part 5: Vague Laws and Prosecutorial Discretion

Kevin Sali | Posted 06.30.2016 | Crime
Kevin Sali

It's increasingly clear that prosecutors have essentially unbounded discretion in deciding whom to charge in a case like this, and extraordinarily broad legal weapons to use against their chosen targets -- a troubling combination for anyone concerned with the rule of law.

What to Watch for in the FIFA Case, Part 4: The Challenge of Preparing a Defense

Kevin Sali | Posted 06.21.2016 | Crime
Kevin Sali

My focus so far has been on the prosecution side of a FIFA-type case, and the issues relating to how the government secures the testimony it will use to build its case. There are equally controversial issues relating to the other side of such a case--the defendant's ability to present a defense.

What to Watch for in the FIFA Case, Part 3: The Special Problem of the 'Cooperating' Witness

Kevin Sali | Posted 06.15.2016 | Crime
Kevin Sali

The announcements that several defendants in the FIFA case have pled guilty and are cooperating with the government signaled that this case will showcase one of the most controversial aspects of the American justice system.

What to Watch for in the FIFA Case, Part 2: How the Government's Story Develops

Kevin Sali | Posted 06.11.2016 | Crime
Kevin Sali

Because of the systematic distortions caused by the way the federal government builds FIFA-type cases, we'll never truly know with any confidence what really happened. That's a problem, and it's one of the government's own making.

Feds Need Look No Further Than Rodney King for the Case Against Wilson

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Brown, as was King, was unarmed. Brown and King were not charged with a crime when detained. Brown as King received injuries after he ceased resisting. Brown, as King was, was abused during an official stop. These, as they were with King, are compelling civil rights violations.

Holder Has a Compelling Case in the Brown Killing

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There are several factors within federal law that Holder has to look at to make the final decision whether to go forward with a prosecution.

8 Compelling Reasons for a Federal Prosecution of Zimmerman

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.21.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The U.S. attorney must consider the "nature and seriousness of the offense" in deciding whether to prosecute or not. The major factor that determines that is "the actual or potential impact of the offense on the community and on the victim."

Federal Prosecution of Zimmerman Compelling, But Unlikely

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.10.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Martin's family, their attorneys, and civil rights leaders face the terrible reality that if Zimmerman walks, there will be little recourse from the feds. It's not just. It's not fair. But, unfortunately, it's the system.

Athletes Shouldn't Get a Pass on Investigations

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.27.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If you hear some uninformed person say the government should stop going after suspect athletes tell them to check their hero-worship at the door. In America, everyone suspected of a crime is supposed to be investigated equally.

GTSI Admitted They Were Not a Small Business on 1999 SEC Documents

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

In 1999, GTSI, a Top 50 government contractor reported that it was no longer a small business for the purposes of government contracting. Yet from fis...

Accountability...and Its Opposite

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

Obama has concluded that there are some subjects that we just don't get to know about -- which means there are some areas where the government may break the law with impunity.