» Specific Intent Crimes

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
Read More

Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Hope C. Lefeber Discusses Supreme Court’s Decision To Decide Whether A Facebook Post Can Be a Criminal Threat

Last week, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from the Third Circuit about … Facebook! Surprisingly enough, this case is not about the company’s privacy policies or about its seemingly arbitrary removal of “offensive… Read More
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

Advice of Counsel Defense Under Attack

Prosecutors have charged an attorney with Glaxo SmithKline with obstruction of justice and argue that the advice of counsel defense only applies to specific intent crimes where a defendant is charged with willfully violating the law. The attorney is… Read More
Read More