This blog comments on federal criminal defense and civil litigation on a national level while also discussing cases that affect Georgia specifically. It is authored by Tom Withers of Gillen, Withers & Lake, LLC in Savannah.
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder informed the media yesterday that the federal government has opened criminal and civil investigations into the 44 day-old oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, as reported in the L.A. Daily News and elsewhere. Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed...
As reported by Chris Herring over at the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the trial of former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers Matthew Tannin and Ralph Cioffi is scheduled to commence next Monday. And now the government has obtained Tannin's e-mails from his private Google account. Tannin...
Conrad Black on the Problems of the U.S. Justice and Prison System: Prisoners are "An Ostracized, Voiceless Legion of the Walking Dead"
Canadian citizen Conrad Black, former head of Hollinger International, Inc., and once the third biggest newspaper magnate in the world, was charged in the Northern District of Illinois with diverting corporate funds for his own use and was convicted in July of 2007for "honest services"...
The recap of the trial thus far of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, from the coverage of the Chicago Tribune's "Blagojevich on Trial" Blog and the Springfield State Journal-Register's Blagojevich trial coverage continues. Thursday, June 17, 2010: Former Democratic Party...
President Obama is expected to announce today his nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens. Solicitor General Kagan has been one of the presumptive leading choices to replace Justice Stevens ever since the Justice announced that he was stepping down. Ms....
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week issued an opinion holding that Customs agents may seize electronic storage devices, including computers, hard drives, USB sticks, smart phones and digital cameras carried at the U.S. border and search the devices either at the port of entry or at an...
The trial of former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin begins today in Brooklyn, as reported by Bloomberg. A jury will be selected today. Cioffi and Tannin are charged with allegedly causing losses of $1.4 billion to investors by misleading investors regarding...
Since the prosecution of former Illinois Governor Milorad R. “Rod” Blagojevich has rested its case, we take the opportunity to recap the testimony and evidence in the first 23 days of the trial, drawing upon the excellent coverage of the Chicago Tribune’s...
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged four Canadian citizens and two Florida residents for an alleged Ponzi scheme which defrauded more than 3,000 investors across the U.S. and Canada of approximately $300 million, according to an SEC press release. The SEC has filed a complaint...
Columbus, GA, Attorney Acquitted; Middle District of Georgia Instruction on Money Laundering of Fees Paid for Legal Representation
Mark Shelnutt, a distinguished attorney and member of the Columbus, Georgia, community, was found not guilty by a jury in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the Honorable Clay D. Land, United States District Judge, presiding, on 36 counts brought by the...