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Cooperation in the Federal System – Paul Manafort, a Study of What Not to Do

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Paul Manafort, Prosecution, Federal Criminal Trial, Cooperating, President Trump, Federal Investigation, Sentencing, Sentence on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Much has been written about Paul Manafort’s conviction at his first trial, the potential decades long sentence, and his sudden plea and cooperation deal shortly before his second trial was scheduled to begin. This sequence of events alone is unusual as most defendants decide to cooperate in an effort to reduce their potential sentence well-prior to trial. Moreover, most federal prosecutors do not want to cooperate with a defendant who has contested charges, gone to trial and lost. Most unusual, and damaging to Manafort, is his apparent violation or beach of the cooperation agreement by his alleged lies to the government.

Tags: Paul Manafort, Prosecution, Federal Criminal Trial, Cooperating, President Trump, Federal Investigation, Sentencing, Sentence

What to Do When the SEC and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are Investigating You

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Securities Exchange Commission, SEC, Prosecution, Criminal Investigation, Federal Investigation, Subpoena on Thursday, November 1, 2018

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) operates from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and has 11 regional offices. It’s Division of Enforcement investigates cases and recommends to the Commission cases to be brought against individuals and entities. Investigations can begin through whistleblowers, news articles, referrals from other agencies, complaints from the public or data derived from market surveillance.

Tags: Securities Exchange Commission, SEC, Prosecution, Criminal Investigation, Federal Investigation, Subpoena

What Do You Do After Being Served With a Grand Jury Subpoena

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Subpoena, Grand Jury, Criminal Investigation, Federal Investigation, Prosecution, Witness on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A federal or state agent or detective knocks on your door at 6 a.m. and serves you with a grand jury subpoena for documents and/or testimony. Do you simply gather the documents requested and send them to the U.S. Attorney’s Office or the County Prosecutor’s Office, or do you retain experienced criminal defense counsel? If the subpoena requires testimony, what rights do you have?

Tags: Subpoena, Grand Jury, Criminal Investigation, Federal Investigation, Prosecution, Witness

Is the NJ Attorney General's moratorium on marijuana prosecutions a "move toward decriminalization?" Probably not.

By Andrew Olesnycky Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Marijuana, Prosecution, Attorney General, Criminal Law, New Jersey on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

When New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a memorandum yesterday ordering local prosecutors to temporarily halt marijuana prosecutions in municipal courts until September, news outlets, including the New York Times, called it a possible "step toward decriminalization." Amol Sinha, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey executive director, praised the move, stating that "[b]y directing prosecutors to pause adjudication of marijuana cases, this letter starts that [decriminalization] process." Marijuana trade magazines were even more effusive. 

Tags: Marijuana, Prosecution, Attorney General, Criminal Law, New Jersey

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