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Due Process in the NFL

Posted on: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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

(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.

Harvard Should Rethink Its Use of the “Preponderance of the Evidence” Standard in Campus Rape Cases

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Posted on: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Harvard University recently announced it would adopt the Obama Administration’s recommendation that universities and colleges use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof rather than the higher “clear and convincing standard” in deciding campus rape and sexual assault cases.  We believe this change is ill advised. Supporters of the lower standard of evidence in campus rape cases believe it is justified because of the administrative nature of such proceedings and the fact that the “preponderance of the evidence” standard is used in other civil rights cases.

Are Federal Sentencing Guidelines for White Collar Crimes Too Harsh?

Posted on: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Federal Judge Sentences Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to 10 Years, Declines to Impose Overly Harsh Federal Sentencing Guidelines. On July 9, 2014, United States District Court Judge Helen Berrigan sentenced former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin to 10 years in prison after a jury convicted him last February of fraud, bribery, money laundering, and other public corruption related crimes.  Nagin, a 58-year-old Democrat, faced a possible sentence of 12 to 30 years under the Federal Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines.

Cleaning House in Virginia?

Posted on: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Feds Launch Probe Into Former State Senator’s Resignation and Job Offer at the Tobacco Fund Commission

By Terry Eaton, White Collar Defense Attorney

Just as you were preparing to close your jaw after the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria unsealed a 43-page, 14-count indictment against Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell, news of a new storm brewing in Virginia has broken.  This is not the kind of storm that comes with gale force winds off the Atlantic Ocean.  Rather, it is a sordid and alleged tale involving political back room deals, a choice job offer, and the alleged agreement of a sitting Virginia State Senator to resign his seat in an effort to change the b...