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January 2014 Archives

Mercer man on trial for federal child pornography charges

Allegations of producing or possessing child pornography often lead to the question of whether investigators had the right to access images on a computer and subsequently charge a person in connection with those images. Factual issues may also arise, such as whether or not a person accused of producing child pornography is really the person depicted in a video or picture.

Russian student charged with bomb possession in Altoona

It remains to be seen whether authorities will bring federal charges against an Altoona college student accused of possessing a weapon of mass destruction. According to police, the 19-year-old Russian national was under investigation for allegedly growing marijuana, but when officers entered the young man's residence, they found what they believed to be a bomb and other materials used to make explosives.

Trial leads to guilty verdict for man accused of drug conspiracy

Could an unsuspecting individual be tricked by sophisticated drug traffickers into transporting large sums of money across state lines? That was a claim in the defense of a man recently tried in federal court in Pittsburgh.

Grand jury indicts PA man on federal fraud, conspiracy charges

In many criminal cases, defendants end up facing federal charges after state and local authorities have conducted an investigation. If the state has filed charges, sometimes those charges are dropped as federal prosecutors take over the case and instead pursue a federal conviction.

6 years for man accused trafficking cocaine into Pittsburgh area

If federal prosecutors have announced charges against an individual suspected of drug trafficking, then authorities have likely conducted a thorough investigation, and defendants should expect an aggressive prosecution to follow. Defendants faced with this situation will need a strong criminal defense throughout the entire legal process to achieve a favorable outcome.

1-year sentence for Clarion woman charged with conspiracy

In most cases, when federal prosecutors charge a person with conspiracy, the charge is brought in conjunction with other allegations, such as fraud or federal drug crimes. However, a person can still face serious penalties for a conspiracy conviction, even if prosecutors can't prove the other charges.

No preliminary hearing for University of Pittsburgh professor

A 52-year-old pharmacy professor at the University of Pittsburgh is facing serious drug charges after a colleague noticed what were described as "suspicious" drug purchases. The professor is accused of using federal grant money and school funds to purchase anti-anxiety medication and painkillers to be injected.

DEA sought new information after October acquittals

Back in October, two men were acquitted of federal charges after being accused of taking part in an alleged drug trafficking conspiracy that prosecutors claim was headed up by a Pennsylvania man. Since the acquittals, federal agents have taken additional steps in an effort to link co-defendants to the alleged conspiracy.

Pennsylvania man sentenced to prison after convicted of fraud

A Pennsylvania man reportedly found himself in some serious legal difficulties after being accused of fraud charges. He decided to plead guilty in federal court to conning people out of $1.3 million, after he promised commercial grade generators and never delivered them. The victims claim the man did not have the generators to begin with, and the man ultimately decided to negotiate a plea deal with authorities. This may have led to a more positive outcome for him based upon the fraud charges he faced.

Rights violations may occur during arrests on federal charges

Federal authorities do not always satisfy constitutional standards in their law enforcement activities. There are numerous federal agencies operating in Pennsylvania and nationwide that make arrests on federal charges. Various examples of aborted federal arrests teach that consulting early with an attorney experienced in federal procedure is the best course to take.

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