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April 2011 Archives

Roger Clemens unveils defense strategy in perjury trial

Former Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Barry Bonds was convicted of federal charges related to his testimony about steroid use in baseball earlier this month. Roger Clemens is facing similar charges in federal court. In December, we noted that Clemens' trial was being postponed in order for his defense team to review the approximately 54,000 pages of evidence that could be used against him in his trial. Clemens is facing obstruction and perjury charges regarding testimony about his use of performance enhancing drugs he gave in Congressional hearings in 2008.

16 indicted in alleged Pennsylvania identity theft conspiracy

Over the last few years, federal law enforcement authorities have been focused on financial crimes, including identity theft and credit card fraud. These crimes often involve more than one defendant, and defendants often face additional charges of conspiracy.

Pennsylvania court divided on firearms conviction

Recently, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania heard an interesting appeal involving the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The appeal involved a Pennsylvania man's 10-year sentence on theft and firearms charges, and whether the evidence used against him should have been suppressed.

Barry Bonds found guilty of obstruction of justice

Last week, a federal jury convicted former Pittsburgh Pirate Barry Bonds for a single count of obstruction of justice. Bonds was convicted of the federal offense, though the jury became deadlocked regarding three other charges involving whether Bonds lied to a grand jury regarding an investigation of steroid use in sports.

More bank fraud charges come from failure of Pittsburgh bank

Ever since the financial crisis began, federal investigators and prosecutors have been taking a hard line against people accused of financial fraud. The punishment for these types of crimes can involve lengthy prison sentences and huge fines. The recent prosecutions arising out of the failure of Dwelling House Savings and Loan Association illustrate this phenomenon.

Passenger in Pennsylvania DUI arrest faces weapons charges

Pennsylvania state and federal laws make it a crime for a person who has previously been convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm. Felon in possession laws are often strictly enforced and this can result in prison time. However, in order for a person to be convicted of this crime, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant actually possessed the firearm. A recently reported gun arrest illustrates this principle.

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