Oscar Pistorius and the Criminal Justice System

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Mar 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

What exactly happened on the night of when Oscar Pistorius' finance was found dead in her bathroom and Mr. Pistorius was found with a loaded pistol in his possession. The South African prosecutor claims that as a result of a domestic dispute, Mr. Pistorius shot her with the intention to kill. Mr....

Maximilian Schell and How Art Imitates Life

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Feb 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

The news that Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell died yesterday got me thinking. Schell made his mark in Hollywood – and won an Oscar – for his role as a criminal defense attorney in the movie "Judgment at Nuremberg." In the movie, Schell played the role of Hans Rolfe, who was given the job of...

Did Chris Christie Commit Crimes in New Jersey?

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Jan 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 ...

STOP THE PRESSES! LET"S WAIT FOR THE EVIDENCE: DA Oversteps Boundaries in Announcing Arrest of 106 NY Police Officers and Firefighters

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Jan 09, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 ...

Google asks "Where's Your Warrant?"

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Jan 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Google, Inc., the internet giant, recently announced that it would require warrants from law enforcement officers before releasing information relating to its e-mail service, Gmail, or any data stored through its cloud service. The announcement came within days of Google's most recent “transparen...

Mitigation when it comes to Federal Sentencing

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Oct 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you want to understand the power of mitigation factors at a federal sentencing hearing, look no further than the sentencing of Rajat Gupta before Judge Rakoff in the SDNY. Mr. Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs board member, was convicted of 3 counts of securities fraud and 1 count of conspiracy...

Self Defense and the "Castle Doctrine"

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Oct 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

There is an old 17th Century English saying: a man's home is his castle. Those words rang loud and clear in a recent case in Kalispell, Montana where an unarmed man was shot dead when he entered his neighbor's garage to confront the neighbor about an affair he was having with the man's wife. Beca...

New York's Stop and Frisk Policy Front and Center

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Oct 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

The NYPD says that it has made major inroads in improving their stop and frisk policies: but that remains to be seen. Presently, there are potentially three class-actions lawsuits against the City of New York and the NYPD alleging improper stop and frisk practices. If one believes the statistics...

Cyber Crime - The Crime of the Future

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Oct 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you were not a PNC Bank of Bank of America customer, you may not have heard that hackers had infiltrateddatabases making it impossible for customers to do their banking on-line. Other than some majorly inconvenienced customers, no money was stolen. But, the event, although not highly publici...

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