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Category: Federal Crimes

Federal Asset Seizure Challenged at the Supreme Court

Written by Moses & Rooth on October 14, 2013

Should the Federal government be able to seize the assets of a defendant without a preliminary hearing and thereby infringe on the ability of a defendant to hire the lawyer of his choice?  That is the question that the United State Supreme Court will answer after oral arguments on Wednesday….Read More

Study reveals benefits of federal drug sentencing reform efforts

Written by Moses & Rooth on September 3, 2013

Last week, we discussed the news that several Florida legislators are determined to strengthen sex crimes sentencing laws during the next legislative session. In that post, we explored why subjecting low-level offenders to even stricter sentencing laws would neither be in the best interests of Florida’s taxpayers nor the public…Read More

Cases involving possible FBI errors are being scrutinized

Written by Moses & Rooth on August 2, 2013

The American public has become increasingly fascinated with criminal science and forensic evidence analysis over the past decade or so. A staggering number of popular television programs and bestselling books focus on the impact that these processes have on both the prosecution of accused persons and the criminal defenseRead More

Why the Justice Safety Valve Act should be made law

Written by Moses & Rooth on July 19, 2013

When national crime rates reach all-time lows, one would expect that America’s federal prison population rate would similarly be situated at an all-time low. On the contrary, federal prisons are currently operating at a rate nearly forty percent above their capacity, despite record lows in national crime rates. Partially in…Read More

Supreme Court limits the power of Miranda-related silence

Written by Moses & Rooth on June 28, 2013

Thanks to a startling number of references in television, books and movies, most American adults understand their basic Miranda rights, even if they are unsure of what they are called. Generally, exercising one’s “right to remain silent” is perhaps the single-most well understood response to being arrested behind calling an…Read More

What privatizing Florida’s prison healthcare means practically

Written by Moses & Rooth on June 10, 2013

Several days ago, the First District Court of Appeals held that Florida may privatize its prison healthcare system. This broadly means that rather than assuming responsibility for the care of its prisoners, a private healthcare contractor or set of contractors will be tasked with that challenge. While this decision may…Read More

Report calls for reform of compassionate release program

Written by Moses & Rooth on May 24, 2013

Both federal and state criminal laws often provide for certain release valves to be used in the event that it makes more sense from a values balancing standpoint to release a prisoner or mitigate his or her imprisonment terms than to keep that prisoner locked away. The criminal justice system…Read More

White collar sentencing guidelines now under intense scrutiny

Written by Moses & Rooth on May 15, 2013

A foundational principle of the American criminal justice system is predictability. Only when both crimes and punishment are clearly outlined and the law is applied similarly in similar situations may citizens make informed decisions about remaining inbounds of the law. When any necessary criminal law is predictable and universally applied,…Read More

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