Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Need Gun: Got Printer?

The control of guns is a big issue in New York and throughout the United States. With the disturbing upswing in senseless shootings and the approach of the anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings, the next new gun manufacturer just may be in the garage next door as 3-D printing comes of age. … Read More »

The Flip of a Coin: Alternative Currencies

Deep Web, Bitcoin, Silk Road…together, what might these words mean?  Bitcoin is an open-source alternative currency that can often be used without revealing your identity. You can use Bitcoin in marketing enterprises in the Deep Web, a vast cyber world that underlies the area of the web cultivated and captured by conventional search engines.  And… Read More »

The Problem of Prescription Drugs in New York

As aggressive criminal defense attorneys in New York City, we provide strategic representation to physicians and others facing serious drug charges. With the Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing (I-STOP) program, New York hopes to grapple with the problem of addicts and doctor shoppers and reduce the flow of illicit prescription drug use.  In October… Read More »

Revolving Doors: Anthony Marshall Out Again

I talked earlier about fiduciary duty and the conviction of Anthony D. Marshall, the son of Brooke Astor, on charges that he breached that duty while handling her financial affairs at the end of her life. In a six-month trial, Mr. Marshall was convicted on 14 charges including fraud and financial exploitation. Sentenced to one… Read More »

The Curious Case Concerning Edward Snowden

In June, the United States filed criminal charges against Edward J. Snowden. The charges were expected in light of the disclosure by Mr. Snowden of top secret information about United States and British domestic spying programs.  The complaint against Mr. Snowden lists three charges:  Theft of government property Unauthorized communication of national defense information Willful… Read More »

Let’s Make Kendra’s Law Permanent … and Enforce It

In 1999, Kendra Webdale was waiting for an N train at the 23rd Street subway station under Broadway. Suffering from schizophrenia and not taking his medications, Andrew Goldstein pushed Kendra onto the tracks into the path of the train as it arrived. In response to this fatal incident and other incidents of violence committed by… Read More »

Where Does a Falsely Accused Rapist Go to Get His Reputation Back

In 1987, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Donovan was found not guilty of alleged larceny and fraud. Upon his acquittal, Donovan asked, “Which office do I go to get my reputation back?” The same question can be applied to others who are wrongly accused. Consider the case of Kenneth King. In October 2011, he… Read More »

Why the George Zimmerman Jury Got It Right

A criminal jury trial is not a popularity contest. In the days following the jury’s decision that George Zimmerman was not guilty of the second-degree murder or manslaughter of Trayvon Martin, the press reported on many who protested the jury’s verdict. The U.S. Department of Justice, which had started an investigation following Martin’s death, promised… Read More »

No Warrant Needed for Cellphone Data, Federal 5th Circuit Judges Rule

A panel of three federal judges ruled on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in a 2-to-1 decision that police officers in the Fifth Circuit need only a court order (not a search warrant) to obtain access to locational data from your cell phone records.   Reasoning that geographical information collected by telephone companies becomes part of the… Read More »

Prosecutors React to Rise in Violent Theft of Smart Phones, Put Stop to “Apple-Picking”

Criminals have an economic incentive to steal your smartphone.  Several websites offer to pay top dollar for your old mobile devices and some kiosks allow you to deposit mobile devices anonymously into a repository for an immediate cash reward.  Violent criminals have caught on to a money-making scheme, so, it should come as no surprise… Read More »

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