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What is the MDLEA and How Does It Work?

May 17, 2022
The Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (“MDLEA”) is a series of federal laws that allow the United States to prosecute nautical drug crimes even outside of its own territory. First implemented in 1986 as part of the larger Anti-Drug Abuse Act, the MDLEA remains a key player in federal drug prosecutions, accounting for 296 cases […]

Is the Buffalo Shooting a Federal Hate Crime?

May 17, 2022
  TRANSCRIPT It appears that the federal government is currently investigating the murders that occurred recently in Buffalo, New York as a federal hate crime. But what is a federal hate crime? What does the government have to prove to convict someone of that charge? And how is it different from murder or other state […]

How to Apply for the New Pretrial Diversion Program in Federal Court

April 15, 2022
Accountability courts and pretrial diversion allow some people that have been charged with a federal criminal avoid prison and a criminal record. Federal district courts across the country are now experimenting with these projects, including the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. On April 11, the federal court in Atlanta announced the formation of a […]

New “Dark Net” Arrests and Prosecutions in Federal Court

April 12, 2022
The Department Justice recently announced the arrests of 150 people in the United States and Europe as part of the department’s Operation Dark HunTor. The operation—which targeted opioid trafficking on the restricted-access overlay network known as the “darknet” or “dark web”— was a joint endeavor by the DOJ’s Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (“J-CODE”) […]

What Happens When the Government Seizes Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency?

April 12, 2022
In February of this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the seizure of more than 94,000 bitcoin from an account belonging to a New York couple who was arrested the same day the seizure was announced. The complaint and affidavit authorizing their arrest allege the government’s belief that the bitcoin was part of a […]

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