Friday, May 21, 2010
The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law is hosting an amici blog of views from the field. Online is a piece by Jocelyn Kelly (Jones Day, Cleveland) that is titled, "Advocacy Before the Courtroom: The Life of an Associate in a White Collar Criminal Defense Practice."
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Texas Lawyer, law.com, Judge Shoots Down Allen Stanford's Third Request for Pretrial Release
Sheri Qualters, NLJ, law.com, Former Mass. Assistant AG Charged Over Solicitation of Investors for Ponzi Scheme
AP, Washington Post, Ex-NJ lawmaker is convicted in corruption probe
Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Timesleader.com, Powell tapes offer dilemma -Judge could toss out secret recordings
Stephanie Reitz, Newsday (AP), Hartford mayor's corruption trial gets under way
Eliot Kleinberg & Michael Lafordia, Palm Beach Post, 16 plead guilty to charges in Florida prison guard corruption probe
Geraldine Szott Moohr, Houston Chronicle, Why the Skilling case affects us all
DOJ Press Release, Minnesota Man Sentenced to 117 Months in Prison for Running Ponzi Scheme
David Glen, Chronicle of Higher Education, Former U. of Louisville Dean Is Sentenced to More Than 5 Years
Jeff Jeffrey, BLT Blog, Patton Boggs Lands DOJ Official for White-Collar Practice
Christopher Keating, Courant.com, Republican Ross Garber Is Running For Attorney General; Exit By Susan Bysiewicz, His Sister-in-Law, Opens Door (hat tip Ivan Dominguez)
Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Texas Lawyer, law.com, Defense Lawyer for Allen Stanford Seeks to Withdraw
Julie Kay, Daily Business Review, law.com, Former Rothstein Chief Operating Officer Gets Plea Deal
Mark Fass, NYLJ, law.com, 2 Attorneys Charged in $3 Million Real Estate Fraud
Stephen Bernard, AP, law.com, N.Y. AG Said to Be Investigating 8 Banks Over Securities
Lindsey Williams, Whistleblowers Protection Blog, Swiss Banker Turned Whistleblower Ended Up With a Prison Sentence
The opening panel of this conference was United States Sentencing Guidelines Developments and a View from the District Court Bench. Moderating this panel was Professor Frank Bowman. Judges Frederic Block (ED NY), Steven Merryday (MD Fl) and Robert Pratt (SD Iowa) offered their perspectives. Judge Pratt had some important advice for defense counsel - sentencing is fact intense and you need to bring out the facts. You need to make a record. My favorite line was when he said that there are a "number of opportunities to make the law more human."
The panel - Sentencing Issues in Securities Cases - had Henry "Hank" Asbill as the moderator. It's all about "loss" is the way it started. Listening to the speakers ( Mark Harris - Proskauser Rose, LLP; Michael Horowitz, Calwalder, Wickersam & Taft; Peter Spivack - Hogan & Hartson) it is clear that an expert is needed to assist in measuring loss. But as noted by one of the speakers, "[i]f you go down the expert road these are very complicated issues." Hank Asbill asked "[w]ere the guidelines based upon assumptions in the market?"