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Third Circuit Reverses Sentence Holding Sentence Enhancements Are Limited To Relevant Conduct

Kulick pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm. In exchange, the government dismissed other charges, including an extortion charge, dating from more than a year earlier. Nonetheless, the district court cross-referenced to the extortion guidel… Read More
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Prosecution Needs Search Warrant To Obtain Emails

Fourth Amendment Protects E-Mail From Warrantless Government Surveillance For the first time, a federal court has ruled that law enforcement must obtain a search warrant before it can search and seize a subscriber’… Read More
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Collective Knowledge of Police Sufficient to Support Reasonable Suspicion for Terry Stop

In United States v. Whitfield, No. 09-3031 (3d Cir., filed December 6, 2010, published January 6, 2011), four Camden police officers in three marked police vehicles were patrolling an area of the city known for violence and drug activity involving cr… Read More
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Third Circuit – Possession With Intent To Deliver Drugs

Possession With Intent to Deliver is Lesser-Included Offense of PWID Within 1000 Feet of School In United States v. Petersen, No. 08-4794 (3d Cir., October 1, 2010), the two defendants initially were charged with possess… Read More
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Federal Crimes Defense Attorney Hope C. Lefeber

For over 25 years, Hope C. Lefeber has provided the highest-quality representation of defendants facing federal charges in the Philadelphia area and in federal courts throughout the United States. Her extensive experience in federal trials and appeal… Read More
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Fee Rate Advisory #4 for Fiscal Year 2011; 2010-251; December 18, 2010

Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2010 — The President and Congress are expected to extend the continuing resolution funding the Securities and Exchange Commission through Dec. 21, 2010. During this period, fees paid under Section 6(b) of the Securities A… Read More
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Lawyer Who Claimed Child Porn Was Legal Research Is Acquitted – News – ABA Journal

Lawyer Who Claimed Child Porn Was Legal Research Is Acquitted Leo Flynn plans to continue practicing law, the Argus Leader reports. “This just reaffirms why I became a lawyer,” he said outside the federal courtroom. “That’s why I’m going to… Read More
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FBI — Medicare Fraud & Organized Crime Bust

It was the largest Medicare fraud scheme ever committed by a single enterprise and criminally charged by the Department of Justice. Today, 73 defendants—including members and associates of an Armenian-American organized crime enterprise—were publ… Read More
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Categories: Government Fraud

Third Circuit Grants Appeal for Sentencing Error

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded a final judgment where the trial court entered a general sentence on all counts of the Indictment. In United States v. Ward, 2010 WL 4746185 (C.A. 3 (Pa.)), the Third Circuit held that the sente… Read More
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Advice of Counsel Defense Under Attack

Prosecutors have charged an attorney with Glaxo SmithKline with obstruction of justice and argue that the advice of counsel defense only applies to specific intent crimes where a defendant is charged with willfully violating the law. The attorney is… Read More
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