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Third Circuit in U.S. v. Caldwell Reverses Conviction Where Evidence Of Prior Convictions Were Erroneously Admitted

The Third Circuit, in Caldwell has issued a lengthy opinion which clearly explains Federal Rules of Evidence 403 and 404(b) and the law regarding the introduction of evidence of prior convictions in a federal criminal trial. Caldwell was convicted 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 long al… 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 case, W… 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 skills. … 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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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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4th Amendment: Search Warrant Application for all Email Accounts Overbroad in Criminal Case.

Warrant applications by federal law enforcement officers to search all of the contents in the e-mail accounts of individuals suspected of purchasing stolen computer equipment were too broad and too general to pass Fourth Amendment scrutiny, The follo… Read More
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Third Circuit Abolishes Judicial Immunity For Witnesses

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in U.S.A. v. Quinn, 2013 WL 4504647, held that trial judges no longer have the authority to grant judicial immunity. The decision to grant immunity is solely within the prosecution's discretion. Read More
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Accused Have Constitutional Right to Challenge Pretrial Orders Freezing Assets Needed For Counsel Fees, ABA Argues In Amicus Brief

“…[D]efendants are presumed innocent until convicted and the prosecution has no justification for punishing a defendant prior to conviction. The federal forfeiture laws confer title on the government only at final judgment, and a pretrial adversa… Read More
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NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS VERDICT IN FEDERAL COURT

Attorney Hope Lefeber wins federal money laundering and tax structuring jury trial in a case where an owner of a check cashing store was entrapped by a federal informant. Read More
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