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Openings in Two High Profile Criminal Trials: Clemens & Edwards

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 In former Senator John Edwards’ trial, opening statements have concluded and Edwards’ former staffer, Andrew Young, is currently on the stand, according to the Greensboro, North Carolina, News & Record. Assistant United States Attorney David Harbach emphasized Edwards’ deception and manipulation of those around him in order to preserve his chance to become President. The… Continue Reading

Preview of the John Edwards Trial and the Potential Problems With the Government’s Case

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 The trial of former North Carolina Senator, Vice President nominee and candidate for President Johnny Reid (“John”) Edwards for alleged mishandling of campaign funds is underway in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Opening statements in the case will take place next Monday. The outcome of the trial will be… Continue Reading

Edwards Retains Attorneys Who Represented Former Mistress Rielle Hunter

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Image source: www.washingtonpost.com/national/us-judge-eyes-bid-by-john-edwards-to-add-defense-lawyers-who-represented-his-mistress/2012/03/15/gIQA59iiDS_story.html As reported in the Washington Post, former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards announced yesterday in court that he would hire the same attorneys who represented his mistress, Rielle Hunter, in a lawsuit over a sex tape featuring Edwards and Hunter, to defend him against Federal charges. Edwards is charged in… Continue Reading

Savannah Attorney Arrested on Counterfeiting Charges

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Savannah attorney, Arthur Gibson, 63, was arrested last week on counterfeiting charges after an investigation that lasted several months. During the course of the investigation, as detailed in this complaint and affidavit, Gibson purchased $10,000 of counterfeit currency for $2,000. As detailed in the affidavit, Gibson came to the attention of the U.S. Secret Service… Continue Reading

Whither The Allen Stanford Trial

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So, there’s been a dearth of news on the Allen Stanford trial in Houston this month and last, even though this has been a trial equally noteworthy of the Enron trial, which captured so much media attention throughout the nation. I think 2 things have contributed to the lack of media coverage. First, and somewhat… Continue Reading

Dr. Arthur Jordan – The Latest

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As I mentioned in a post earlier this month, Dr. Arthur Jordan, who is a professional witness of sorts in the government’s pharmaceutical fraud cases, is scheduled to testify this coming week in our sleepy little hamlet. Here’s the latest: Following the Eleventh Circuit decision last month in United States v. Ignasiak, _ F.3d _,… Continue Reading

The Penn State Federal Grand Jury Subpoena

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For whatever reason there was a glitch in my post yesterday and I’ve received a number of comments that folks have not been able to access the federal grand jury subpoena issued to Penn State University about the sordid Sandusky investigation. So, here’s the direct link on the Penn State website: http://www.psu.edu/ur/2012/openness/DOJ_subpoena.pdf   Not only… Continue Reading

The Penn State Scandal – The Feds Arrive

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Three weeks after receiving a Federal Grand Jury subpoena, and as part of its new campaign for openness, Penn State officials posted on the school website Friday, a brief blurb acknowledging receipt of the subpoena, a copy of the subpoena and the cover letter accompanying the subpoena. The subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the… Continue Reading

George Will – Is the Siegelman Case Bribery or Politics as Usual

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George Will had a surprising article in the Washington Post over the weekend on the Don Siegelman cert petition that was filed at the beginning of the month. Siegelman, the former governor of Alabama was convicted of bribery in 2006, along with Richard Scrushy, former Chief Executive of Health South. Will posited that the Supreme Court should find that the quid pro quo for… Continue Reading


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Hello again blog readers. After a year hiatus, I’m rejoining the blogosphere. My thanks to my law partner, Anthony Lake, for keeping things running in my absence.   The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles announced Friday (no coincidence that the announcement came Friday in an effort by the government to avoid unfavorable press), that is… Continue Reading

Government Won’t Take Another Swing at Barry Bonds

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 The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California filed a dismissal last week of its remaining charges against former San Francisco Giants slugger and outfielder, Barry Bonds, as reported by the Associated Press. Bonds was convicted in April on one count of obstruction of justice. However, a mistrial was declared on the… Continue Reading

Conrad Black Re-Sentenced to an Additional 13 Months’ Imprisonment

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  Photo credit: http://dealbreaker.com On Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois re-sentenced Lord Conrad Black, former CEO of newspaper giant Hollinger International, Inc., to serve the remainder of his sentence, as reported in Canada’s Globe and Mail. Black has served 29 months of his original 78 month sentence,… Continue Reading

Perjury and Obstruction Trial Against Former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds Commences in San Francisco; Trial to Begin With Hearing on Bonds’ Former Weight Trainer–Possible Contempt

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  The trial of former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice commenced yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The charges against Bonds arise from his statements to a grand jury in… Continue Reading

FBI Investigating “Pay for Play Plan” Allegations Surrounding Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton and Father

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It is college football season, and appropriately the most notable news in an otherwise slow Federal criminal news day appears to be that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has interviewed John Bond, a former quarterback for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, regarding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, according to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Bond told Mississippi… Continue Reading

Sarah Palin E-mail Hacking Case Goes to Jury

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Knoxvillenews.com has been intensively covering here, here, here and elsewhere the trial of David C. Kernell, son of Tennessee State Representative Mike Kernell of Memphis and former University of Tennessee student, who was charged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee with hacking into the electronic mail account of former Governor of Alaska and Vice… Continue Reading

Mark Cuban Continues to Pursue SEC for Bad Faith in Insider Trading Investigation

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Today’s Wall Street Journal Law Blog reveals that Dallas Mavericks owner, Landmark Theaters owner and Chairman of HDNet Mark Cuban has gone on the offensive against the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC made widely publicized charges against Mr. Cuban for insider trading in selling shares of Mamma.com, an internet search technology company now known… Continue Reading

Rothstein Enters Guilty Plea

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Of course we knew it was coming, but disbarred Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein, architect of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme selling phony interests in settlements in employment and civil cases, pled guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to charges of racketeering, fraud and money laundering, as reported… Continue Reading

Sir Robert Allen Stanford’s Congressional Ties and Prison Blues

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So whatever happened to indicted billionaire Sir Robert Allen Stanford? Well, not much, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. Stanford, who is charged with allegedly defrauding investors of more than $7 billion, is still incarcerated, despite his extensive efforts to secure release prior to his trial since his arrest in June of last year. Stanford… Continue Reading