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DOJ Seeks Removal Of Restrictions On Cybercrime

Federal prosecutors and privacy advocates are currently battling over a Department of Justice (DOJ) proposal for obtaining search warrants more easily in order to locate and hack into computers. The DOJ contends that the ability of cybercriminals to commit crimes anonymously from concealed locations anywhere in the world severely hampers their ability to find, catch […]

Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupiers Indicted

A funny thing happened when that heavily armed militia of non-Oregonians seized and began occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January 2016. Americans laughed. Perhaps we’re jaded by news of one violent terrorist act after another but these occupiers quickly seemed comical. Internet message boards spawned new names for the occupying group: from Talibanjo […]

The Tinder Defense

Steven Sheerer, the 25-year-old man charged with 3rd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and 3rd Degree Distribution of Obscenity to a Minor for sending a nude photograph to Rosie O’Donnell’s then-17-year-old daughter, is using “the Tinder Defense.” Sheerer encountered Chelsea O’Donnell on Tinder, an application for “i” operating systems on iPhones, iPads and […]

New York Stops Judges From Practicing Medicine

On September 25, 2015 New York Governor Cuomo signed a new law stopping drug court judges from interfering with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of defendants. The bipartisan bill (S.4239-B/A.6255-B), passed with strong support by both houses in June 2015, affirms both the seriousness of the nation’s and New York’s drug problem and the state’s commitment to […]

Fighting Package Thieves

Online purchasing continues to grow dramatically in the U. S., accounting for a large percentage of the estimated 6 billion packages delivered every year. Along with the increase of online shopping and package delivery, there is an increase of package thievery, sometimes called “Porch Piracy.” “Nextdoor,” a message board application with millions of subscribers reports […]

Russian Kleptocracy and the DOJ

In early November, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced their investigation into whether Gennady Timchenko, a member of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, moved funds from foreign corrupt deals through the U.S. financial system. “Kleptocracy” – literally “rule by thieves” – has become an […]

Criminal Charges for Corporate Crime

On September 9, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates issued a memo entitled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing,” which represents the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to place greater emphasis on individual corporate employees’ criminal culpability and pressure companies to cooperate. The memo can be read here:http://www.justice.gov/dag/file/769036/download This change is at least partially due […]