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Federal Crimes Archives

AG Sessions looking to take 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.

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.

SCOTUS: State's social media ban for sex offenders is unconstitutional - II

In our previous post, we began discussing the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Packingham v. North Carolina, a case which Justice Anthony Kennedy called the first "to address the relationship between the First Amendment and the modern Internet."

Did A.G. Sessions ask for permission to go after medical marijuana providers?

In a post last week, our blog discussed how U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to adopt increasingly hard-line approaches to crime, suggesting that his tenure as the nation's top cop will be nothing short of controversial.

Is SCOTUS going to reach new ground in Fourth Amendment cellphone data case?

Two years, ago the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a groundbreaking decision in Riley v. California, holding that law enforcement officials must secure a warrant prior to undertaking a search of a cellphone seized during an arrest.

DOJ announces record $3.5 billion-plus fine under FCPA

In a series of ongoing posts, our blog has been discussing the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act -- or FCPA -- the landmark legislation passed by Congress back in 1977 to address corruption in the global marketplace. In particular, we've been focusing on its anti- bribery provisions.

Why are so many speaking out against the Back the Blue Act? - II

Last week, our blog began discussing how many people might have missed the recent introduction of a new tough-on-crime bill by federal lawmakers -- one that could significantly alter the criminal law landscape -- thanks to everything taking place on Capitol Hill. 

How does the IRS distinguish between tax fraud and negligence? -- III

In our previous post on this subject we began delving into the important issue of how exactly the Internal Revenue Service distinguishes between mistakes and willful acts. In other words, we looked at how tax auditors are able to differentiate between tax fraud and negligence.

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