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A Federal Prosecution of George Zimmerman? Almost No Chance.

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The Florida trial of George Zimmerman on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter for the death of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, has captured national public and media attention for weeks, and has aroused strong views on both sides. Saturday’s verdict of acquittal in favor Mr. Zimmerman did not bring the closure which some believed it would,… Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Enron Opinion–One Prosecution Theory’s “Willing Beneficiary” is Another Prosecution Theory’s “Victim”

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This week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in United States v. Brown, Case No. 08-20038 (5th Cir. 2009). The defendants in Brown were former Merrill Lynch employees charged with conspiring with employees of failed energy corporation Enron to “park” certain of Enron’s “assets” with Merrill Lynch to artificially enhance Enron’s earnings… Continue Reading