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July 2017 Archives

Bipartisan legislation calling for bail reform introduced in Senate

The majority of court systems across the nation currently rely on what is known as wealth-based pre-trial detention. In other words, a system whereby those defendants able to post bail are released from jail while those unable to do so must remain behind bars until their day in court -- something that might not happen for months or years.

AG Sessions looking to expand asset forfeiture

As we've discussed at length on our blog, Jeff Sessions has not only been busy establishing the priorities of the Department of Justice going forward, but also undoing some of the policies put in place by his predecessors since taking on the mantle of U.S. Attorney General.

SEC alleges defendant Googled how to get away with insider trading

When most of us want to learn about virtually anything -- from the important to the trivial -- we immediately go to our laptops, tablets or smartphones. Indeed, our first stop once we have these devices in hand is the ubiquitous search engine Google, where we can conduct detailed searches based on entire inquiries or mere keywords.

Understanding how federal criminal cases are carried out -- III

In a series of ongoing posts, we've been exploring more about the federal criminal justice system in an attempt to help people better understand and appreciate the complexity of these cases. To that end, we've explored how federal investigations are carried out and, most recently, how federal grand juries work.

What is mortgage fraud and how can you avoid it?

When most people think of mortgage fraud, they probably imagine a would-be homeowner who lies on the application for a mortgage. Perhaps someone claims a home is worth more than it is, or maybe a potential borrower set up a fake phone number to claim income higher than what he or she was actually making. While that does happen, mortgage fraud can also get committed by commercial bankers, loan officers and other professionals in the mortgage and banking industry. These cases can prove to be more serious, as they can have a profound negative impact on a local real estate market or economy.

U.S. reps introduce comprehensive internet safety bill

For the majority of people, their daily interactions with the internet aren't especially noteworthy. In fact, they may do nothing more exciting during the course of a typical day than read the news, check social media accounts, make some purchases or send out emails.

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