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Mens Rea: The Mental State Requirement in Federal Criminal Law Cases

For many crimes, the prosecutor must prove not only that the defendant committed the acts they are accused of, but also that they had a guilty mental state. This is the mens rea, or “guilty mind” element, and reflects the idea that, to warrant pu… Read More
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Understanding the Federal Criminal Process

The federal criminal process is unique, and many people, including some lawyers, do not fully understand what is involved when someone is facing federal criminal charges. If you believe you are under investigation for a federal crime or are facing fe… Read More
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What Agencies Are Responsible for Investigating Federal Crimes?

The overwhelming majority of crimes in the United States are investigated and prosecuted by state agencies. But crimes that cross state lines or involve violations of federal laws are investigated by the Department of Justice and its federal investig… Read More
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How Does the Jurisdiction of State and Federal Court Differ?

When the United States was founded in 1776, tension existed between the federal and state governments regarding power, the ability to tax, and control of the courts and legal systems. This tension continues today and is evident in the separate jurisd… Read More
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SEC Approves New Insider Trading Rules

In December 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to adopt amendments to rule 10b5-1 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. The changes are intended to address concerns about insider trading abuse by executives bas… Read More
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Pfizer’s Supreme Court Appeal Over Anti-Kickback Lawsuit

In October 2022, Pfizer filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court seeking to overturn a decision regarding the anti-kickback lawsuit which prohibited Pfizer from providing financial assistance to Medicare beneficiaries to obtain Vyndaqel… Read More
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SEC Crypto Regulations

As cryptocurrencies and other digital assets increase in popularity, questions will continue to arise as to which federal agency will be primarily responsible for regulating them. Because of the popularity of crypto and digital assets, the federal go… Read More
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Spoliation of Evidence: Ephemeral Messaging

Popular ephemeral messaging apps like Snapchat, Confide, Wickr, and Threema are changing the way we communicate. Unlike traditional text and messaging applications, these apps provide encryption, screenshot protection, data storage, and automatic con… Read More
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False Statements Must Be Material In Order To Constitute A Crime

A Maryland man sentenced to 32 months in prison had his conviction overturned because his false statements in a federal court case did not influence the judge’s decision. The appellate court found that, while the defendant’s conduct wasted public… Read More
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Supreme Court Sides With Doctors Prescribing Opioids

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in favor of two doctors accused of overprescribing opioids, raising the standard of proof the government must meet to secure a conviction in “pill mill” cases. The case defines the standa… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes, Federal Law