Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 85, has been found guilty of criminal contempt by a federal judge. The criminal misdemeanor could cost him a fine and land him in jail for six months.
Like many other Arizona residents, the trust of your family, friends and co-workers means a lot to you. When accusations of fraud jeopardize that trust, more than just the potential criminal or civil penalties could greatly affect your life. Dealing with such accusations, along with any charges, needs your attention right away.
Federal criminal defendants are being denied their full right to confront the evidence against them, according to a lawsuit recently brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. This is because the U.S. Department of Justice doesn't notify defendants when evidence against them was obtained via secret wiretaps and other surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or the Wiretap Act.
The Attorney General of New York has accused ExxonMobil of providing what may be "materially false and misleading statements" to investors, and he's not the only prosecutor with its site set on the oil giant. Massachusetts' Attorney General is involved in a federal case against the company, and the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating.
In the midst of the ongoing release of classified information about the FBI's cyber-tools, the Washington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is mulling over whether to charge members of WikiLeaks with violating the Espionage Act and other laws. The Obama administration had similar concerns when WikiLeaks released classified information, but it ultimately decided against pressing any charges out of concern for the First Amendment's freedom of the press clause.
Every year, tax day in the United States is met with equal parts dread and relief. While most taxpayers are thankful to be done with the process for another year, it's also a bitter reminder that, like death as the saying goes, taxes are an inevitability that will never disappear. As tempting as it might be to try to beat the system, though, it simply doesn't pay to try to out trick the tax man.
When people think of embezzlement, they often imagine some high-powered executive stealing millions of dollars from a big corporation. In reality, embezzlement can involve any amount of money and any type of person. In fact, it is not unusual for an otherwise-law-abiding person to be accused of taking a few thousand dollars from a church, school or other organization.
Insider trading charges have the potential to result in some severe penalties. However, just because a person is charged does not mean he or she is already guilty. There are several defense strategies and approaches that could help people avoid or minimize the penalties they are facing.