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Drug Quantity Proof / Evidence at Sentencing

In United States v. Rowe, No. 18-1192 (Apr. 2, 2019), the Third Circuit vacated the defendant’s conviction for distribution and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 grams of heroin because the government failed to prove that he distribute… Read More
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Circuit Court Ruling

No Requirement of Actual Harm for Vulnerable Victim Enhancement

In United States v. Adeolu, No. 14-3610, 2016 WL 4728003, the Third Circuit held that the vulnerable victim enhancement at U.S.S.G. § 3A1.1(b)(1), does not require actual harm to the victim, only a nexus between the victim’s vulnerability and the… Read More
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Federal Defense Attorney Hope Lefeber Discusses Recent Third Circuit Opinions

Third Circuit Spring Recap   U.S. v. Velazquez, 749 F.3d 161 (3d Cir. 2014) In U.S. v. Velazquez, the Third Circuit ruled that the government’s minimal efforts to apprehend Velazquez violated his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. In… Read More
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Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Whether Police Need Search Warrant for Cellphones

In a major test of how to interpret the Fourth Amendment and privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court heard arguments today about whether the police need warrants to search the cellphones of the people they arrest. The courts have lon… Read More
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Prosecutorial Misconduct

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review in a murder case where Virginia prosecutors hid exculpatory evidence and defied a federal judge in a death-penalty case. This could be a pivotal moment for the enforcement of the “Brady Rule.” The cas… Read More
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What are the Recently Proposed Changes to the Federal Drug Trafficking Sentences?

While the proposition is a step in the right direction by reducing the overly draconian federal drug guidelines, it does nothing to correct the statutory mandatory minimum sentences, which result in the greatest injustice. Read More
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What Makes A Good Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer?

What Makes a Great Trial Lawyer? LawCrossing.com asked “What makes a great trial lawyer?” and Hope C. Lefeber weighed in. What are the two crucial traits to succeed in the courtroom? Lefeber says it’s passion and amazing communication skill… Read More
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New U.S. Sentencing Commission publications called "Quick Facts"

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has recently developed publications in specific areas of federal sentencing called “Quick Facts” which provide helpful statistics. Below is the direct web page to the links for each Quick Facts publication:… Read More
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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Holder Memo, Justice Safety Valve Act, and Smarter Sentencing Act

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently issued new policies to the existing mandatory minimum statutes regarding drug offenses. Holder has vowed to work with Congress to make changes to the existing mandatory minimum statutes regarding drug offens… Read More
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Five Considerations in Choosing the Best Criminal Lawyer

It is important to know whether the person you choose will actually be handling your case at all stages of the proceedings. If a criminal case is in federal court, it is essential to have a lawyer who practices there regularly. Read More
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