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Blog Posts in January, 2014

  • Although 2014 is only weeks old, the Obama administration is making good on its promise to use the power of the executive branch to advance the President’s policy agenda when Congress will not, or is slow to, act. On Thursday, the Office of the Attorney General issued a request to defense lawyers to find and reach out to federal prisoners incarcerated on drug charges and encourage them to ...
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  • The federal government wields tremendous power when it comes to civil or criminal asset forfeiture laws. Specifically, 18 U.S.C. § 981, permits the government to seize "any property, real or personal, involved in a transaction or attempted transaction in violation" of any of a long list of offenses, most significantly money laundering. Section 881 allows the government to seize ...
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  • Did Chris Christie Commit Crimes in New Jersey?

    || 22-Jan-2014

    The following blog post was written by Kenneth Del Vecchio, a well-respected New Jersey criminal defense Attorney, a former New Jersey Judge, a legal book author, a prolific filmmaker, and a good friend of Sullivan Brill. As U.S. Attorney of New Jersey, Chris Christie would have been frothing at the mouth at the potential prosecutions of a governor and parts of his administration for involvement ...
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  • A sharply divided Second Circuit Court of Appeals (9-6) issued a decision in Poventud v. City of New York, et al that clarified the Circuits understanding and application of Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994). The fundamental issue the Court considered was whether or not a § 1983 plaintiff, who had plead guilty to a lesser charge arising out of the same facts of his originally indicted ...
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  • STOP THE PRESSES! LET”S WAIT FOR THE EVIDENCE DA Oversteps Boundaries in Announcing Arrest of 106 NY Police Officers and Firefighters Certainly, a hot button issue in New York City has been, and will remain, any news connected to the 9/11 attacks. News that might relate to the first-responders involved in 9/11 and its aftermath, particularly allegations that implicate police or fire-fighters ...
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  • Odds are the call will come at the most inopportune time – middle of night, during your work day. The important thing to do is to get information that will help an attorney help your family member as quickly and efficiently as possible. First of all, keep in mind that the first step in the arrest process is the arraignment. The arraignment is the first formal court proceeding where your ...
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