Blog Posts in June, 2011

  • Whitey Bulger & the FBI: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    James "Whitey" Bulger has been apprehended in California after more than 16 years on the lam. He is scheduled to be returned to Boston today. If Bulger arrives as scheduled he will make an initial appearance in United States v. DeLuca , et al , No. 94-cr-10287-MLW-3, before Magistrate Judge Leo Sorokin. Bulger will then make an initial appearance in United States v. Weeks, et al , No. ...
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  • UNITED STATES v. JOHN EDWARDS: MAY BE A REACH, BUT DEFINITELY NOT A FLYER

    While it’s true that the indictment returned against former U.S. Senator John Edwards last week in United States v. Johnny Reid Edwards , 11-cr-00161-1 (USDC MDNC) which alleges conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions, and one count of false statements may be "thin gruel" and a "reach" for the government, federal conspiracy law presents prosecutors with a powerful means to try to ...
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  • Lesson Learned from the Casey Anthony Murder Trial: Be Careful What You Say – It May End Up in Court

    When I meet clients for the first time in a one on one setting I assure them that what they say to me is privileged and protected, and encourage them to be open and honest. This is because the attorney-client privilege is considered sacrosanct, see Upjohn Co. v U.S. , 449 U.S. 383, 389 (1981), and is as close to an “absolute” privilege as is recognized under the law. Other relationships, such as ...
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