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April 2020 Archives

A Novel Criminal Offense for the Novel Coronavirus: Hoarding and Price Gouging Under the Defense Production Act

Hoarding or charging excessive prices for precious medical supplies during a public health emergency can earn you social opprobrium but did you know it could send you to prison as well?

In our capitalist society, we don’t normally think of such things as charging inflated prices as criminal matters – your customers will punish you themselves by going to the competition. However, when the merchandise in question is medical supplies desperately needed for the fight against coronavirus, the normal rules do not apply.

A Brooklyn pharmacist recently became acquainted with this fact when NYPD officers and federal agents armed with … Read More »



The Ins and Outs of Misdemeanors in Federal Court

We often think of federal criminal prosecutions as the most serious of all cases but are there federal misdemeanors as well? The answer is yes, misdemeanors are routinely prosecuted in U.S. District Courts alongside the major felonies. Federal prosecutors have hundreds of potential misdemeanor charges in their arsenal – everything from familiar offenses like theft to arcane and little known offenses such as Unlawful Importation of Honeybees. In this post we discuss how misdemeanors are prosecuted in U.S. District Courts.

What is a federal misdemeanor?

A federal misdemeanor is either an offense that violates federal law or an offense committed … Read More »