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Federal Prosecutors

The Laws that Betrayed Their Makers: Why Mandatory Minimums Still Exist

Amos Irwin | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Amos Irwin

There are two problems with threatening long sentences to extract cooperation from low-level drug offenders. This strategy is ineffective in impacting the drug trade. It also inflicts immense collateral damage on innocent people and low-level offenders, while letting the guiltiest offenders off more easily.

Prosecutorial Misconduct and the Public's Perception of Criminal Defense

Adam Banner | Posted 11.18.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Many times, public perception perches a white hat firmly atop the heads of prosecutors while painting defense attorneys as black-hatted villains.

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.

What to Watch for in the FIFA Case, Part 1: Pretrial Publicity

Kevin Sali | Posted 06.05.2016 | Crime
Kevin Sali

It doesn't have to be this way. Although the First Amendment and the strong American free press tradition make it difficult to put limits on private media actors, the government doesn't have to pile on.

What to Watch for in the FIFA Case: Introduction

Kevin Sali | Posted 06.02.2016 | Crime
Kevin Sali

The recently announced case alleging corruption within FIFA, soccer's international governing body, will be prominently featured in the legal headlines in the coming months and years. That case comes at an opportune time for those interested in critiquing the American criminal justice system.

The Suprising Thing People Facing Federal Criminal Charges Learn

Matt Kaiser | Posted 03.18.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Basically two things happen in court -- people try to get someone else's money or the government tries to get someone's freedom. People taken to court are either at risk of losing cash or going to prison.

Ryan J. Reilly

No Charges Against Officers Who Shot Woman By Capitol With Her Child In The Car | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors in D.C. announced Thursday that they would not file criminal charges against U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Capitol Po...

Ryan J. Reilly

Every DOJ Watchdog Ever Wants To End The Special Treatment Of Prosecutorial Misconduct | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every single Justice Department inspector general who has led the office since it was created a quarter century ago agreed Tuesday that ...

The Feds Are Going After Key Figure At JPMorgan

Reuters | Arnab Sen | Posted 04.11.2014 | Business

(Reuters) - Blythe Masters, who will leave JPMorgan Chase & Co after a 27-year career, is under investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, Bl...

Ryan J. Reilly

The Law That Might Cover The Chris Christie Scandal | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legal experts say it would be tough for federal officials to make the case that aides to Gov. Chris Christie violated federal public cor...

Radley Balko

Appeals Courts Give Misbehaving Prosecutors Privilege Of Anonymity | Radley Balko | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

Last month, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a prosecutor in San Mateo County, Calif., committed "t...

An Update In The Story Of Ann Colomb

Radley Balko | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Back in 2008, I wrote a long piece for Reason magazine about the Colombs, a black, working class family in Church Point, Louisiana. The Colombs' story...

One Small Step for Eric Holder

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What Holder said today was that it's time for this outdated, expensive, and largely futile policy to end, or at least be severely curtailed. And that, indeed, is a giant rhetorical and philosophical leap forward.

Report: SAC Capital To Face Federal Criminal Charges

Reuters | Sakthi Prasad and Matthew Goldstein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business

(Reuters) - Federal prosecutors are preparing to announce criminal charges as early as this week against Steven A. Cohen's hedge fund SAC Capital Advi...

Fingering Federal Prosecutors for Racial Bias

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.28.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Their colleagues didn't agree, and Calhoun's conviction stood. But Sotomayor and Breyer's rage at the bias simply pointed up what's long been noted in far too many federal cases, and in the action and behavior of far too many federal prosecutors.

Risk and Reward: Inside the Life of a Federal Judge

Judge Frederic Block | Posted 01.28.2013 | Crime
Judge Frederic Block

The startling revelation last month of the death threat against my colleague Judge Joseph Biancoreminded me of the death threat made against me a few years ago by Anthony Casso, who went by the charming nickname "Gaspipe."

Lawyer Allegedly Stole Huge Sum From Orphan Girls

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.28.2012 | Business

How low can one person go? In the case of one Oklahoma attorney, pretty far down. Last Friday, Attorney John Milton Merritt plead guilty to 12 coun...

A Curious Admixture of Girl Power and Greed

Suzanne Langlois | Posted 07.07.2012 | Crime
Suzanne Langlois

Early Wednesday morning, three women from two tony towns on the Connecticut shoreline received visitations at their homes by Federal Marshals. Each woman had been charged with multiple counts of defrauding the Internal Revenue Service, filing false tax returns and wire fraud.

Alexander Eichler

New Report: Federal Prosecution Of Financial Fraud Falls To 20-Year Low | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

Public mistrust for banks may be at an all-time high, but federal prosecution for certain financial crimes is down to a 20-year low. The federal go...

The Penn State Mess -- Federal Prosecutors Where Are You?

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 01.12.2012 | Sports
Linda Kenney Baden

Perhaps this is the case to appropriately use your power to find answers so it does not happen again. The children victims here are far more important than John Edwards, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

WATCH: Feds Want Harsh Sentence For Blagojevich

Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

Update: The U.S. Attorney's Office issued a statement Thursday in response to news reports about former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's possible s...

Federal Prosecutors Take Softer Approach To Corporate Crime

The New York Times | GRETCHEN MORGENSON and LOUISE STORY | Posted 09.06.2011 | Business

As the financial storm brewed in the summer of 2008 and institutions feared for their survival, a bit of good news bubbled through large banks and the...