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Today's argument in McDonnell

This morning the Court heard arguments in McDonnell v. United States, one of the most anticipated cases of the Supreme Court’s Term and its last to be argued this spring.  267 more words

When a "sightseeing vacation" that results in "unpleasant hard dealing" in collecting a debt is actually criminal extortion

Previous posts here that have focused on the Hobbs Act have dealt primarily with robberies affecting commerce.  But the Hobbs Act also makes it a crime to engage in extortion affecting commerce, and defines extortion as “obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.”  18 U.S.C. 939 more words

Will Donald Trump publicly condemn threats against delegates who oppose him?

I’m hoping to offer a few posts in the coming days and weeks concerning Donald Trump’s recent rantings about democracy and electoral fairness, which I view as both disingenuous and contrived.  746 more words

Supreme Court decides Welch, makes Johnson retroactive

Gregory Welch pleaded guilty in 2010 to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  He had three prior convictions, including one for “strong arm” robbery in Florida.  655 more words

When your neighbor's dog uses your lawn as a toilet, attacking said neighbor with a machete can result in federal prison

Here is yet another noteworthy case out of the Sixth Circuit (and, once again, kind of, Tennessee): United States v. Walker.

Jerry Walker received a 19-year federal prison stint.  504 more words

One gun, two robberies, and the continued significance of dealing drugs that come from somewhere else

Manila “Nelly” Vichitvongsa and a group of co-conspirators planned to carry out two robberies of local drug dealers in Tennessee – one a cocaine dealer, the other a marijuana dealer.   617 more words

D.C. Circuit to federal district judges: Don't tell DOJ how to exercise its charging discretion

A deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) allows the Government to condition a defendant’s compliance with the law upon the threat of future prosecution, based on facts admitted in the DPA.  546 more words