Last year, in a landmark case called Lafler v. Cooper, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the first time that criminal defendants whose cases are resolved through a plea bargain can appeal convictions on the grounds that they were denied the assistance of effective legal counsel. The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees all criminal defendants the right to effective counsel and, as
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The United States and Switzerland have signed an accord that, assuming the accord is approved by the Swiss parliament, will lead to the adoption of striking new obligations in the operation of Swiss banks and financial institutions, including some collective investment vehicles. These financial institutions will, in certain circumstances, be required to reveal American account holders to the U.S.
U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson of the federal trial court in the Eastern District of New York has, for the second time in two years, submitted a harsh criticism of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and its federal sentencing guidelines, especially as it applies to federal drug trafficking cases. The Sentencing Commission was created by the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 in an attempt to
Imagine this: You're sitting at your computer surfing the web. You're clicking around when suddenly your computer locks up. Your own image appears on the screen, obviously taken by your webcam -- but you didn't even turn your webcam on. More ominous still, a window, which you can't close, pops open to inform you that the FBI knows you were looking at child pornography and you're in big trouble. To
After what appears to have been a long and complicated FBI investigation, federal prosecutors recently announced that they have arrested and charged three people with designing, purchasing or implementing the "Gozi" virus. Prosecutors claim that this particular virus was one of the most financially destructive in history, and that it also affected NASA. The alleged international crime ring
A 73-year-old man from New York was just arraigned in federal court on child pornography charges after he allegedly threw away hundreds of printed images of adults engaged in sexual activity but with children's faces, and sometimes his own, pasted over those of the participants. No children were involved in any sexual activity in the photographs. Traditionally, the idea that possession of child