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Judgment of Acquittal and Dismissal of Charges Against Seven Members of Hutaree Militia

Posted in Acquittal, indictment

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted a judgment of acquittal in favor of seven members of the Hutaree militia, dismissing all charges against the defendants following the conclusion of the government’s case against them at trial, as reported by the Detroit Free Press. Tina Stone; David Stone, Jr.;… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Reaffirms Tenth Amendment/Federalism Limitations on Federal Criminal Statutes in Bond v. U.S.

Posted in Federalism

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the Tenth Amendment and Federalism as a limitation on Federal statutes, in particular Federal criminal statutes, in the first significant case since U.S. v. Lopez, 514 U. S. 549 (1995), Bond v. U.S., No. 09–1227, which may be read here. Bond is an encouraging development given the overwhelmingly predominant… Continue Reading

LAPD Officer Acquitted on Weapons Export Charges

Posted in Miscellaneous

It is a rather slow news day, so the Blog would like to take the opportunity to note that, earlier this month, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California acquitted Los Angeles Police Department Officer Johnny Augustus Baltazar on charges of illegally exporting weapons and ammunition to the Central… Continue Reading

Smith & Wesson Investigated for Foreign Corrupt Practices Violations; Ponzi Schemer Scott Rothstein’s Partner Invokes Fifth in Deposition

Posted in Miscellaneous

Ashby Jones of the Wall Street Journal Law Blog writes today that Firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The company disclosed the investigation and potential future criminal indictments of the company and its officers and employees to investors in filings… Continue Reading