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New Forensic Test May Be Used in Homicide Investigations

Canadian police are using a new forensic test, stable isotope analysis, to determine where a homicide victim may have lived before death. Isotopes are variations of basic chemical elements and are deposited in hair and bone through food and water consumption. This stable isotope analysis has been used in several European criminal investigations. Questions have… Read More »

Drugs Missing from Southampton Police Crime Unit

The Southampton Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency to come under scrutiny for failing to process evidence properly after an arrest and search. The missing drugs include crack, marijuana and prescription painkillers tied to a Southampton drug unit. These sloppy tactics have constitutional ramifications. It’s called the chain of evidence. In order to… Read More »

Irving Picard Loses Civil RICO Charges Against Medici Enterprise

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO, provides the government with authority to prosecute for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization and permits a civil cause of action by victims to recover stolen assets. That criminal organization can be devoted to activities such as: Gambling Drug dealing Extortion Money laundering… Read More »

Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer Who Doesn’t Need to Be Loved

When you are looking for a criminal defense attorney, especially in a case where there is likely media coverage, whether or not the attorney is lovable just isn’t important. A criminal defense attorney should be commanding, fearless and experienced. That works better for a criminal defendant than being loved. Consider Joe Tacopina. The New York… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Two Important Securities Law Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two securities law decisions in late February 2013 that may affect the number of securities fraud cases brought by Securities and Exchange Commission and the number of securities fraud class actions. One case addressed how quickly the SEC must act when pursuing fraud charges. The second concerned private plaintiffs pursuing… Read More »

Types of Identity Theft

When we hear about identity theft, we think of someone taking your Social Security number or other information and using it to charge up your credit cards or empty your bank accounts. However, that is only one type of identity theft. Learn more about the types of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says… Read More »

For Second Time Ever, a U.S. State is Accused of Securities Fraud

Apparently individuals and companies are not the only ones who can be accused of securities fraud. For only the second time ever, the Securities and Exchange Commission accused a U.S. state of securities fraud. The New York Times reported that the SEC accused the State of Illinois of misleading investors about the condition of the… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Marriage Cases

The laws regarding same-sex marriage are varied across the United States. In New York, for instance, same-sex couples can marry. In New Jersey, the law permits same-sex couples to enter into a civil union. Most states do not have laws that allow same-sex marriage or civil unions. This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will be… Read More »

Have NFL Teams Violated Employment Discrimination Laws?

Employment discrimination laws protect job applicants from being asked questions about their marital status and sexual orientation. While it is easy to forget, prospective NFL draft picks being interviewed by NFL teams before the draft in April are prospective employees. So when prospect Nick Kasa revealed that an NFL team had asked him about his… Read More »

The Rules of Suing the Government in New York

There are special rules for suing municipalities, state agencies and the state itself. Unlike other defendants, state and local government require notice of your claim. These strict notice requirements mean that you must act quickly if you are suing the state or a municipal corporation. What are these notice requirements? When you have a claim… Read More »