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Crime in the Suites An Analysis of Current Issues in White Collar Defense

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May 18, 2010

What Is Cyberwar?

By: Ifrah Law
At a blue-ribbon Worldwide Cybersecurity Conference in Dallas from May 3 to May 5, 2010, media reports noted that some discussion focused on the use of the term ”cyberwar,” which is often used to refer to the activities of hackers and others who steal online secrets, disrupt computer systems and other infrastructure, and engage in financial fraud online. Some security specialists think that the term “cyberwar” is simply the wrong word for illegal activities that amount to out-and-out theft and don’t have anything to do with governments or armies. The White House's cybersecurity coordinator, Howard Schmidt, is one of them. He says “cyberwar” is an inaccurate metaphor. These people aren't engaged in a war any more than bank robbers are. The term "cyberwar" is actually defined in online dictionaries as "an assault on electronic communication networks," and it should be limited to that meaning. As author Jeffrey Carr wrote in Forbes in March, "If everything is considered a war, then you lose the ability to respond appropriately." Read more

On June 22, 2010, Chief U.S. District Judge Linda Reade of the Northern District of Iowa will impose a sentence on Sholom Rubashkin, formerly the plant manager at Agriprocessors, Inc., the now-defunct Postville, Iowa, kosher slaughterhouse. The sentencing comes more than two years after a massive immigration raid that netted a total of 289 undocumented… Read More

Last week, bloggers Solomon Wisenberg (Letter of Apology blog) and Professor Douglas A. Berman (Sentencing Law and Policy blog) reported that the Heritage Foundation and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers released a joint report entitled “Without Intent: How Congress Is Eroding the Criminal Intent Requirement in Federal Law.” The study — based on… Read More

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November 2, 2009

Not so Fast Kentucky

By: Ifrah Law

When the Commonwealth of Kentucky petitioned the Franklin Circuit County Court to seize www.fulltiltpoker.com, Pocket Kings Limited, asked a U.K Chancery Court to injoin FTP’s registrar, Safenames Limited, from complying with the Kentucky trial court order.  In an order dated October 22, 2009, the Chancery Court granted Pocket King’s request and declared that Safenames shall not comply… Read More

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Poker as a Game of Skill

By: Ifrah Law

Whether poker is determined to be a game of chance or a game of skill has tremendous implications for defendants charged under state and federal gambling laws.  This issue was recently litigated by a group of defendants charged under state gambling laws in South Carolina.  The defendants demonstrated to the satisfaction of the trial court… Read More

On October 22, 2009, the Supreme Court of Kentucky heard oral arguments in the above referenced case. The case originated when the Commonwealth of Kentucky filed civil seizure and forfeiture proceedings against 141 domain names – virtually all of which offered or involved internet gaming. The Commonwealth contended that domain names constitute gambling devices under… Read More

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