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Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

Posted on: Friday, September 26th, 2014

Capital Punishment in America Has Reached a Crisis Point; We Must End It Now

By White Collar Defense Attorney Terry Eaton

Sept. 26, 2014

Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

Henry McCollum (left) had been the longest serving prisoner on North Carolina’s Death Row, until September 2, 2014, when Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser overturned his conviction finding that he and his half-brother, Leon Brown were wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in 1983.

Journey of a Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington, DC Part Two

Posted on: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Throwback Thursday Edition: This is a blog that was originally written and posted by David Benowitz in 2011.

By David Benowitz, criminal defense attorney and firm co-founder

One day I walked into the internship office at Penn to look for ideas about what to do after I graduated. As a Jewish kid from the northeast, it was more or less expected that I would either go to law school, medical school, or into my family’s insurance business. Penn’s internship office was elaborate, with thousands of glossy brochures describing opportunities to travel the world and study art restoration in Florence or government formation in Africa. Then I saw a crumpled piece of paper on a table. It was from the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, and it descri...

Journey of a Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington, DC

David Benowitz recalls his time as a Big Brother.

Posted on: Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Throwback Thursday Edition: This is a blog that was originally written and posted by David Benowitz on March 20, 2011.

By David Benowitz, criminal defense attorney and firm co-founder

(image) I recently attended the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the formation of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where I had the privilege of working as a staff attorney for almost seven years. The anniversary weekend b...

Due Process in the NFL

Posted on: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

By David Benowitz, criminal defense attorney and firm co-founder
Sept. 16, 2014

(image) Given the justifiable uproar generated by the developments in the cases of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, it’s not surprising that the Carolina Panthers

Jury Instructions in the Virginia Federal Corruption Case Against Former Governor McDonnell and His Wife Maureen Grants Victories to Both Sides

Jury Deliberates in Former Gov McDonnell Corruption Case - Terry Eaton Attorney at Law

Posted on: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

After 26 days of testimony and argument, the fates of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife former First Lady Maureen McDonnell, rest in the hands of a jury composed of seven men and five women. Closing arguments wrapped up on Friday August 29, 2014. The jury, fresh off a three -day Labor Day weekend, resumed Tuesday September 2

Top Northern Virginia Dermatologist Indicted for Health Care Fraud and Obstruction

Posted on: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

A federal grand jury impaneled in Alexandria, Virginia handed down a 60-count indictment on Aug. 12, charging one of Northern Virginia’s top dermatologists with health care fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1347, aggravated identity theft in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1028A, and obstruction of justice in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1512.

Meditation For Lawyers

Meditation can be a valuable tool for lawyers dealing with constant stress and negativity.

Posted on: Thursday, August 14th, 2014

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.

Maryland Police Officer Indicted for Perjury in Narcotics Case

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Posted on: Monday, August 11th, 2014

It’s every police officer’s worse nightmare, being accused of lying on the witness stand about a case that you investigated. Whether you are a local police officer, FBI or DEA Agent, a U.S. Secret Service Agent, or a Corrections Officer your integrity and perceived honesty are priceless. Once they are called into question, it may be impossible to earn back your reputation.

Federal Express Indicted for Drug Trafficking

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Posted on: Friday, August 1st, 2014

Has the internet-age caused a shift in the U.S. war on drugs?  Maybe.  Market watchers and legal experts were shaken when a federal grand jury impaneled in San Francisco handed down a 15-count indictment on July 17 charging global shipping giant FedEx Corporation, and its subsidiaries, with Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances in violation of 21 U.S.C. Sections 841 and 846, among other charges.

Campus Disciplinary Hearing Procedures for Sex Assault Cases Jeopardize the Rights of the Accused

College Campus Sexual Assault Hearings Need to Protect the Accused's Rights.

Posted on: Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A recent sexual assault case, which received wide media coverage at Catholic University,exposes the weaknesses in the internal disciplinary proceedings in place at most college and university campuses.  While there are a lot of areas where improvements are needed to protect the rights of the victims, we are particularly disturbed by the way campuses also jeopardize the rights of the accused in these investigations and proceedings.