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Statement on Behalf of John Eastman Regarding United States v. Donald J. Trump Indictment

Almost fifteen years ago, John Eastman defense counsel Harvey Silverglate predicted in the book Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent that the ever expanding federal criminal code was liable to be misused for improper political purposes. This prediction finds its fulfillment in the current administration’s use of heretofore obscure federal statutes to indict its leading political opponent

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Understanding Federal Indictments: The Process and Implications

Facing a federal criminal charge is an intimidating prospect, and the pivotal moment in such cases often is the issuance of a federal indictment. This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of federal indictments, shedding light on the process leading up to an indictment and the implications it holds for individuals involved in federal criminal defense cases. What is

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Understanding Fraud Charges: The Importance of Intent and Defense Lawyers

When it comes to fraud charges, the government must demonstrate that the accused misrepresented or lied with the intention of deceiving someone else.  Although the typical fraud case will involve financial or legal harm to the victim, harm is not an element of fraud offenses. For example, attempts and conspiracies to commit fraud are violations of federal law, even if

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How Do You Know If You’re Under Federal Investigation?

There are various reasons why someone might be under federal investigation. It’s important to note that this answer provides a general overview, and specific cases can vary widely in terms of their circumstances and the laws involved. Here are some common reasons: Violation of Federal Laws: If someone is suspected of violating federal laws, such as those related to drug

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Why you might not be able to file an Ex Parte Trial Brief in Your Washington DC federal criminal case

One common difficulty for defendants in criminal trials is fending off relevance objections from the government during cross-examination.  If a judge is not aware of all elements of the defense strategy, the judge may erroneously sustain these objections because he or she simply doesn’t understand where the questioning is going.  The point of the questions will be made clear in

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What is a “reverse proffer” and when is it used?

A “reverse proffer” is a term used in criminal law, specifically in the context of plea bargaining. Usually, a proffer session is a meeting between the prosecution and the defense during which the defense offers information in exchange for some sort of leniency or concession in the case. The idea is to “proffer” or offer up some kind of valuable

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In what instances would the Fed send a target letter to someone?

A target letter is typically sent by federal prosecutors to individuals who are the target of a grand jury investigation. A target, per the U.S. Attorneys Manual, is “a person as to whom the prosecutor or the grand jury has substantial evidence linking him or her to the commission of a crime and who, in the judgment of the prosecutor,

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