Jussie Smollett Indicted

TRANSCRIPT: Victor: All right, let’s discuss. With us now is criminal defense attorney Page Pate. Page, welcome back. Page: Thank you. Victor: Let’s start here with the 16 counts. One for, as Nick said there, each time he told this lie. Page: Right. Victor: Is that typical? Page: No, it’s not typical. There’s really one…

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Racketeering Charges and Likely Defenses in “Operation Varsity Blues” Indictment

Today, federal prosecutors made headlines when they announced that the government has charged fifty people with racketeering, fraud, bribery, and money laundering offenses. The government is accusing these individuals of participating in an alleged college admissions scheme through which the defendants helped students get into elite universities by helping them cheat on exams and bribing…

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United States v. Frank Amodeo

United States v. Frank Amodeo, Nos. 15-12643 & 16-15687 (February 21, 2019) The Court held that the defendant lacked standing to appeal a district court’s partial vacatur of the final forfeiture order in his case. The Court held that the defendant lost all of his rights in the forfeited property when the district court entered…

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United States v. Lee Saint Fleur

United States v. Lee Saint Fleur, No. 18-11309 (February 20, 2019), UNPUBLISHED The Court affirmed the district court’s denial of a motion to suppress based on the independent source doctrine. The officer’s affidavit in support of the application for a search warrant contained sufficient evidence to support probable cause based on his initial entry into…

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United States v. Albert Pickett

United States v. Albert Pickett, No. 17-13476 (February 20, 2019) The Court remanded the defendant’s second § 2255 motion since the defendant did not have an opportunity to show his conviction was based solely on the ACCA’s residual clause prior to the Eleventh Circuit announcing the heightened standard in Beeman. 28 USC 2255/ACCA – Defendant’s…

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