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Requests for Recusal by Murderer of Eleventh Circuit Judge and Civil Rights Attorney Denied

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In 1989, Walter Leroy Moody, Jr., sent mail bombs to Judge Robert Vance of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Savannah, Georgia, civil rights attorney Robert Robinson; the Eleventh Circuit headquarters and the Jacksonville, Florida office of the NAACP, as stated in an item from Courthouse News Service. Moody was angered over having… Continue Reading

A Tribute to Tom Mikula

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We lost one of the good guys in our profession 10 days ago. Tom Mikula, a partner at Goodwin Proctor in Washington,D.C.passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at age 54. I received an email from a mutual friend telling me of his passing. I was devastated. I first met Tom when he arrived in… Continue Reading

Former Savannah Man Who Attempted to Extort Paula Deen Sentenced to 2 Years

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As reported by the Savannah Morning News, Thomas George Paculis, of Newfield, NY, a former businessman in Savannah, GA, was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia for attempting to extort over $200,000 from nationally-known Savannah, GA, chef and entrepreneur Paula Deen. Paculis pled guilty on August… Continue Reading

Thomaston, GA, Woman Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

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Edna Yvonne Orr Goff, of Thomaston, Georgia, pled guilty last Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, to charges of conspiracy to file false federal tax returns and aggravated identity theft, according to BainbridgeGA.com. Goff was alleged to have stolen taxpayer identity information and prepared and filed false tax returns. Goff gained… Continue Reading

The Propriety of Department of Justice Tip Hotlines and Soliciting Information from the Public

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An article this week has raised the interesting question of the propriety of the Department of Justice soliciting “tips” from the public in certain cases which it is investigating. DOJ currently is soliciting tips from the public in its investigation of George Zimmerman in relation to the death of Trayvon Martin and the Attorney General’s… Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit Holds that NYT Reporter May Be Compelled to Testify in Trial of Former CIA Agent Over First Amendment Objections

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On Friday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that there is no First Amendment privilege which prevents a journalist from being compelled to testify in a criminal proceeding. The decision arose from the trial of former CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling under the Espionage Act for unauthorized leaking of State secrets. Sterling alleged provided information… Continue Reading

French, Swiss Defendants Acquitted in Paris on Charges Relating to the U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme

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Readers may remember the United Nations’ Oil-for-Food Programme, which operated between 1996 and 2003 and permitted Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian goods despite a U.N. embargo. The Programme became the subject of much criticism that its proceeds went to benefit Iraqi officials… Continue Reading

Three Jacksonville, FL, Physicians Acquitted in Multimillion Dollar “Pill Mill” Prosecution

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Three Jacksonville, Florida, physicians, Todd Perla, Marc Tafflin and Anthony Posca, as well as a co-defendant, Jason Votrobek, were acquitted last Thursday following a three-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in a multimillion dollar “pill mill” prosecution, as reported in the Florida Times-Union. The doctors were charged with… Continue Reading

“BadB” Sentenced to 88 Months in $9 Million Worldwide Identity Theft Scheme, Including from Atlanta-Based Company

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“BadB,” also known as Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, a citizen of Russia, Israel and Ukraine, was sentenced on Friday to 88 months’ imprisonment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for participating in a worldwide identity theft scheme which resulted in losses of $9 million. Horohorin was indicted in 2009 in the District… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Denies Petition in Shaygan Prosecutorial Misconduct Case

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On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court denied Dr. Ali Shaygan’s petition for review of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit’s reversal of the trial court’s award of attorneys’ fees to Dr. Shaygan based upon misconduct by Federal prosecutors during his criminal case, as noted by the Chicago Tribune. The Supreme Court… Continue Reading

60 Federal Judges and Prosecutors File Brief in Shaygan Prosecutorial Misconduct Case

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As noted by the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog, on Thursday more than 60 Federal judges and prosecutors filed a brief in the case of Dr. Ali Shaygan, the South Florida physician who was charged with 141 criminal counts and prevailed, as we have previously discussed here, here and here. The brief urges the the… Continue Reading

The Commerce Clause and Federal Criminal Law: No “Generalized Federal Police Power” Yet

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The United States Supreme Court’s determination of the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, 26 U.S.C. § 5000A, in June in the decision of Nat’l Fed’n of Indep. Bus. v. Sebelius, 132 S. Ct. 2566 (2012) generated much discussion of the Commerce Clause, although the… Continue Reading

#UK Man’s Conviction for Threatening Tweet Overturned

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Paul Chambers, a 28 year old accountant from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, became a cause célèbre for the social networking website, Twitter, after he was charged as a result of a tweet he sent concerning Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport in 2010. Chambers “tweeted” “Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a… Continue Reading

Senator Saxby Chambliss Requests a Department of Justice Investigation into “SWATing” Pranks

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia’s United States Senator, Saxby Chambliss, has sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the United States Department of Justice investigate the phenomenon of “SWATing,” in which a caller contacts law enforcement to report alleged violent incidents and causes police or SWAT teams to be… Continue Reading