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Government Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribery & Fraud

Leonard Francis Pleads Guilty to Government Bribery and Fraud

Posted on: Friday, January 23rd, 2015

On Thursday January 15, 2015, in the United States District Court in San Diego, California, Leonard Glenn Francis and his Singapore-based defense contractor firm, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (“GDMA”), Ltd., both pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, and conspiracy to defraud the United States government.

Why Criminal Defense Work is Like Fantasy Football

Criminal Defense Fantasy Football

Posted on: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Unless you are passionate, and sometimes compulsive, about criminal defense work, you can’t be successful at it. I equate it to my feelings about fantasy football. I love football. I’ve been a Giants fan since I was three years old. I don’t think I’ve missed watching a game since 1984, including when I was in Australia during their fabulous Super Bowl run in 2007.

Maryland and DC Prosecutors Crack Down On Embezzlement & Fraud at Nonprofits

Prosecutors Crack Down on Nonprofits Fraud

Posted on: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

On Friday, October 10, 2014, Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Graydon S. McKee, III sentenced former Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) Operations Manager, Ilyona Carter, to six months in prison for stealing more than $25,000 from the nonprofit organization where she worked.

Journey of a Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington DC Part Four

Journey of a Criminal Defense Lawyer in DC

Posted on: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

I’ve often felt like my destiny was to work as a public defender. From the day I walked into the basement at 451 Indiana Avenue, I felt like I was supposed to be there. However, my path to a job as a PDS attorney was not an easy one. Most of their attorneys had gone to Harvard or Yale and several had clerked for Supreme Court justices.

Federal Public Corruption Investigation In Virginia Heats Up

Federal Public Corruption Investigations in Virginia

Posted on: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The plot thickens in Virginia. In the aftermath of former Governor Bob McDonnell and former First Lady Maureen McDonnell being convicted in federal court of numerous felony counts related to public corruption …

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

Journey of a Criminal Defense Lawyer in DC

Posted on: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

No one wanted to do it. Not the paid investigators. Not the other interns. I didn’t want to. The trial of three people accused of gang raping a young woman in an alley was rapidly approaching and no one had interviewed the victim.

Virginia Gets “Kinda” Serious on Ethics Reform

Virginia Gets Kinda Serious on Ethics After McDonnell Scandal

Posted on: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

2014 will be known as the year of scandals and public corruption in Virginia. On June 25, 2014 the Associated Press reported that a federal grand jury was investigating the circumstances surrounding the resignation of former Virginia State Senator Phil Puckett …

U.S. Court of Appeals Scrutinizes Novel Obstruction of Justice Theory in Barry Bonds Case

US Court of Appeals Scrutinizes Novel Obstruction of Justice Theory in Barry Bonds Case

Posted on: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

US Court of Appeals Scrutinizes Novel Obstruction of Justice Theory in Barry Bonds CaseLast week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting in an en banc session, heard argument in the case United States v. Barry Bonds. Bonds seeks to overturn his conviction at trial for obstruction of justice, arguing the evidence was insufficient to sustain a conviction.

Neutral Arbitrator to Hear Ray Rice Appeal

Ray Rice Appeal to be heard by Neutral Arbitrator

Posted on: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Ray Rice Appeal to be heard by Neutral ArbitratorThe NFL, for the first time, agreed to the use of a neutral arbitrator to hear the appeal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension. NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director DeMaurice Smith informed members by email of this development …

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Posted on: Friday, September 26th, 2014

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.