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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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Illinois Court Ruling Upholds State’s New Video Gaming Act

August 2, 2011

Illinois Court Ruling Upholds State’s New Video Gaming Act

By: Ifrah Law

In a 7-0 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld legislation that will allow video gaming in the state for the first time. Earlier this month, the court ruled in favor of the Illinois legislature’s 2009 omnibus bill for funding capital projects that included the Video Gaming Act. The legislation had been challenged by Chicago Blackhawks owner and liquor distributor Rockwell Wirtz as violating the…

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Court: Prosecutors Need to Probe Witness’s Veracity When Challenged

July 25, 2011

Court: Prosecutors Need to Probe Witness’s Veracity When Challenged

By: Ifrah Law

On June 17, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled in United States v. Freeman that federal prosecutors in criminal cases have an affirmative duty to investigate the viability of a defense challenge regarding whether a cooperating witness could be lying on the stand. This requirement, as expressed in this new opinion, differs from and goes well beyond the well-known existing…

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Journalist Challenges DOJ Subpoena, Claims Reporter’s Privilege

July 20, 2011

Journalist Challenges DOJ Subpoena, Claims Reporter’s Privilege

By: Ifrah Law

James Risen, an investigative journalist for The New York Times, is currently challenging a subpoena issued by the U.S. Department of Justice seeking testimony from him against a CIA agent accused of leaking classified information. The subpoena highlights a trend in which the government attempts to use journalists’ testimony against government employees who reveal information in exchange for anonymity. Risen, citing reporter’s privilege, is seeking…

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Massachusetts Cracks Down on Gambling at Internet Cafes

July 15, 2011

Massachusetts Cracks Down on Gambling at Internet Cafes

By: Ifrah Law

Last month, citing evidence that illegal gambling was going on at “Internet cafés” throughout the state, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued a new permanent regulation banning gambling at such places. The regulation bans the operation of establishments “where a gambling purpose predominates over the bona fide sale of bona fide goods or services” – in this case, cyber cafés and phone card video game terminals….

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Feds Should Think Twice About Regulating For-Profit Colleges

July 13, 2011

Feds Should Think Twice About Regulating For-Profit Colleges

By: Ifrah Law

Business is booming at America’s for-profit colleges. With steady high unemployment rates, many of the job-hungry have opted to pursue higher or specialized degrees in an effort to make themselves more marketable. Pricy for-profit institutions, like the 400,000 strong University of Phoenix, are flourishing with this increased demand as students flock to their courses to invest in new career prospects. But recent regulatory activity at…

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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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