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DOJ: Preset bail amounts unlawfully discriminate against indigent defendants

Local and state court systems across the nation have increasingly come under fire from advocacy groups for using preset bail systems, which they argue are designed to unfairly punish indigent defendants charged with minor offenses, keeping them behind bars in furtherance of no viable public safety interest.

Are you familiar with the in and outs of insider trading? - III

In a series of ongoing posts, our blog has been discussing insider trading, a white collar crime that has the decidedly odd distinction of being both universally known and universally misunderstood. In recognition of this reality, we've spent some time providing some basic background information on this topic in order to answer questions and clarify misconceptions.

Are you familiar with the in and outs of insider trading? - II

Last week, our blog started exploring some basic background information about insider trading, a widely reported white collar crime that is often not fully comprehensible to those outside of legal circles and the law enforcement community. In today's post, we'll continue our efforts to answer any lingering questions about this somewhat arcane topic.

Are you familiar with the in and outs of insider trading?

A few weeks ago, our blog discussed how Phil Mickelson, one of golf's most recognizable names, was forced to cut a rather sizeable check to the Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations that he profited from, but did not actually commit, insider trading.

How did one of golf's greats avoid insider trading charges?

At this time of the year, most avid golfers are not only regularly hitting the links, but also paying close attention to the PGA Tour Rankings and other televised events. Indeed, their eyes will be glued to the television from June 16 to June 19 watching the U.S. Open, one of the sport's four majors.

Will this be the year Congress reforms the federal criminal justice system?

Over the last few years, it's become increasingly apparent that the United States is facing a very real problem in terms of the overall size of its federal prison population. Indeed, the Justice Department recently warned that the amount of money needed to fund the federal prison system is now threatening to surpass the amounts allocated for both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Ponzi schemes remain on the radar of the DOJ

Thanks to recent high profile federal cases, including the prosecutions of Bernie Madoff and Scott Rothstein, more people than ever now know the term Ponzi scheme. However, this knowledge often doesn't extend beyond a baseline understanding that a Ponzi scheme is essentially some manner of white collar crime.

Finish this sentence: Nonviolent offenders may earn early release

After years of deliberation, negotiation and stagnation, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has crafted a bill that favors rehabilitation over incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders. Always conscious of costs, the authors, including Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, are proposing no new spending. On the contrary, they say: In the long run, the bill will save money by reducing the number of offenders in prisons and lowering the rate and risk of recidivism.

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