Welch v. United States

Federal law makes firearm possession by a felon punishable by up to ten years in prison. The 1984 Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”), however, increased this sentence from 15 years to life if the offender had been convicted three or more times for a “serious drug...

The Most Influential Legal TV Shows

Given the time and effort associated with practicing law, it’s not uncommon for people to view the profession as tedious and banal. Like any other job, there’s excitement and minutiae, but public view of law has been shaped, at least in part, by the plethora of legal...

Technology and Criminal Defense

As with any profession, technology plays a large part in shaping how the job is done. Criminal defense attorneys are increasingly using technology to better serve their clients, expedite processes and even prove innocence. Technology is changing how attorneys interact...

O.J. Simpson

The infamous O.J. Simpson case made headlines again recently due to a new television series. American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson was well received by fans and critics alike for its gritty representation of the trial – a trial many people will never...

US v. Bouchard

On July 7, 2016, the Second Circuit reversed convictions on three substantive counts of defrauding BNC Mortgage (“BNC”), finding that the defendant could not be convicted of making a false statement to a federally insured financial institution based on the federally...

McDonnell v. US

On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell on charges of honest services fraud and Hobbs Act extortion. The charges stemmed from the acceptance by McDonnell and his wife Maureen of $175,000 in...