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Punishing the Parent – Should the Parents of a School Shooter Be Criminally Liable for their Parental Failures?

Punishing the Parent – Should the Parents of a School Shooter Be Criminally Liable for their Parental Failures?

April 16, 2024

Punishing the Parent – Should the Parents of a School Shooter Be Criminally Liable for their Parental Failures?

By: Abbey Block

Can being a bad parent make you a criminal? A jury in Michigan recently answered yes in the case of Jennifer and James Crumbley – the parents of high school mass shooter, Ethan Crumbley. Although neither Mr. nor Mrs. Crumbley fired a single shot during the school shooting that killed four students (and injured six other people), last week they were each sentenced to ten years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. The high school shooting, which took place nearly three years ago in Oxford, Michigan is undoubtedly a horrific tragedy. Nobody questions that the shooter, Ethan, should be punished severely for his actions. Indeed, in 2023, Ethan, who was charged as an adult (despite being fifteen at the time of…

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Was FTX Collapse as Bad as Enron? In sentencing SBF, Judge Kaplan Says Yes

April 1, 2024

Was FTX Collapse as Bad as Enron? In sentencing SBF, Judge Kaplan Says Yes

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

On Thursday, March 28, 2024, 32-year old Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in one of the largest financial frauds in U.S. history—a fraud perpetrated through two cryptocurrency entities he founded—FTX and Alameda Research. In late-2023, a jury convicted him on various conspiracy and substantive counts for wire fraud on FTX’s customers, securities fraud on FTX’s customers and investors,…

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A Tale of Two Courts

February 16, 2024

A Tale of Two Courts

By: James Trusty

Much has been made of the contemptuous and combustible combination of former President Trump and Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoran, the trial judge in the New York “fraud” case that imperils Trump’s ability to do business in New York. This week we got a glimpse into a different proceeding involving an extremely opinionated subject of an accusation—District Attorney Fanni Willis—presided over by Fulton County…

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Prosecutor Fired for Lying on Facebook to Witnesses in Murder Case

June 27, 2013

Prosecutor Fired for Lying on Facebook to Witnesses in Murder Case

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

For all its benefits, social media has posed some significant challenges for our criminal justice system. One of the more common problems – Internet-related juror misconduct – has been the subject of numerous criminal appeals lately. It has also burdened federal and state governments with added costs for misconduct hearings and retrials. It is no wonder, then, that the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office in Ohio…

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Kansas Juror Found in Contempt for Online Comments During Trial

June 10, 2013

Kansas Juror Found in Contempt for Online Comments During Trial

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

Two years ago, we anticipated a growing problem with jurors who disregard trial judges’ instructions concerning Internet use. In July 2011, we reported on the first known prosecution of a juror in Great Britain for Internet-related misconduct. Since then, a Florida judge sentenced a Sarasota County juror to three days in jail for criminal contempt. In that case, the juror contacted a civil defendant on…

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What Happens When Big Data and Scientific Approach Meet Criminal Justice?

May 21, 2013

What Happens When Big Data and Scientific Approach Meet Criminal Justice?

By: Jeff Ifrah

A Houston couple is giving an estimated $4 billion in the next few years to try to solve some of the nation’s social problems by the application of careful thought and statistical analysis – and the criminal justice system is one of their targets. John and Laura Arnold have that much to give away because John, still only 39 years old, made a vast fortune…

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More Enron Fallout: Skilling and DOJ Enter Agreement to Reduce Sentence

May 9, 2013

More Enron Fallout: Skilling and DOJ Enter Agreement to Reduce Sentence

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

Former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling reportedly has negotiated a deal with federal prosecutors that is likely to result in a significant reduction of the prison sentence he will serve for his role in the collapse of Enron. Under the new agreement, Skilling faces between 14 and 17.5 years in prison — a 27 to 42 percent reduction relative to his previous sentence of 24 years….

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Appeals Court Set to Consider Key Sentencing Issue on Profits Derived From Fraud

May 7, 2013

Appeals Court Set to Consider Key Sentencing Issue on Profits Derived From Fraud

By: Ifrah Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit is currently considering a sentencing issue of great significance in cases in which a number of individuals work together to bring about a financial fraud. The question posed is the extent to which a defendant can and/or should be punished based on the profits made through the fraud when the defendant did not receive as much…

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Punishing the Parent – Should the Parents of a School Shooter Be Criminally Liable for their Parental Failures?

Punishing the Parent – Should the Parents of a School Shooter Be Criminally Liable for their Parental Failures?
By: Abbey Block

Was FTX Collapse as Bad as Enron? In sentencing SBF, Judge Kaplan Says Yes

Was FTX Collapse as Bad as Enron? In sentencing SBF, Judge Kaplan Says Yes
By: Jeffrey Hamlin

A Tale of Two Courts

A Tale of Two Courts
By: James Trusty

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