U.S. Supreme Court: Silence Admissible

When faced with questions from a government investigator, a person’s silence can now be used in a criminal trial against the person who was questioned and declined to provide an answer. This is a major change regarding how the Fifth Amendment’s right against self-incrimination is applied...

Convicted Politician Did Not Lay a Proper Foundation For Proffered Indirect Testimony of Lack of Intent

In United States v. Beavers , ___ F.3d ___, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 12469 (7th Cir. 2014), here , the defendant was convicted of multiple counts of tax fraud. The facts are within a range of what might be expected given his profession -- money flowed to him and he did not report or pay tax on it. The...