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Can I raise an entrapment defense to my federal criminal charge?

The “entrapment defense” is a legal concept that many people have at least a passing familiarity with. At the same time, there is much confusion about what this defense actually consists of. The entrapment defense, while potentially powerful, is much narrower than many people realize. Here we discuss the history of this defense and its practical applications.

The Origins of the Entrapment Defense

Prior to 1932 there was confusion in the federal courts about whether the so-called entrapment defense existed at all. If a person voluntarily commits a criminal act, some judges wondered, why should it matter if government agents … Read More »



Superlawyers 2020

Attorneys Charles Burnham and Eugene Gorokhov have been named to SuperLawyers for Washington, DC.. The award is limited to the top 5% of lawyers in a jurisdiction. Thank you!



Frequently Asked Questions About Time Theft For Federal Employees and Contractors

FAQ: Time Theft for Federal Government Employees and Contractors

Lying about having jury duty or the flu to get out of work could result in losing a federal civil service job but did you know it could send you to prison as well? In some cases, falsifying your work records can be a federal crime carrying significant penalties. This post discusses time theft – what it is, how to avoid it, and what to do if you are accused of committing it.

A sample timecard.

What is time theft?

Time theft, “time and attendance fraud,” or “time card … Read More »



Eugene Gorokhov and Ziran Zhang secure reversal for client on appeal in the Fourth Circuit

Eugene Gorokhov and Ziran Zhang represented a client convicted of firearms offenses on appeal in the Fourth Circuit. The Fourth Circuit reversed the client’s sentence based on an argument that the government’s sentencing recommendation was a breach of the plea agreement, and the district court failed to consider non-frivolous sentencing arguments by the defense.

The opinion may be accessed here.



Charles Burnham speaks on CNN regarding Maria Butina prosecution

On April 25, 2019, Charles Burnham was quoted on a CNN.com article describing the case against Maria Butina.

Mr. Burnham was quoted as stating: “I think if I was Miss Butina’s defense team or I was the judge, a legitimate question to ask is how is it fair she spends two years in prison when an American citizen, who was arguably a co-conspirator, gets no time at all.”

The full article may be accessed here.

 



Eugene Gorokhov appears on BBC World News to speak about the Paul Manafort Prosecution

On March 8, 2019, BBC World News invited Eugene Gorokhov to speak about the Paul Manafort prosecution.

https://www.burnhamgorokhov.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/BBC_World_News-2019-03-08_02-03-00.mp4-gorokhov.mp4



At Counsel’s Table: An Interview with Hank Asbill of Jones Day

We recently interviewed Hank Asbill of Jones Day, and Professor Ellen Podgor at White Collar Crime Prof Blog graciously published the interview. The interview can be read by clicking on this link. The interview covers Mr. Asbill’s career as well as his work on the McDonnell case.



What the McDonnell Ruling Means for Future Corruption Prosecutions

Thanks to Professor Matthew Stephenson of the Harvard Law School, we were able to guest post an article about the McDonnell decision on his blog, the Global Anticorruption Blog. The article may be read through this link: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2016/08/11/guest-post-what-the-mcdonnell-ruling-means-for-future-corruption-prosecutions/