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Madoff Brother, Convicted and Jailed, Now is Disbarred

Peter Madoff – Bernard Madoff’s brother – has been disbarred. Just about five years to the day after Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme came to light, just about one year to the day after Peter Madoff was sentenced to consecutive five year terms of imprisonment for each of his admitted...

Former Virginia Governor and His Wife Are Charged with Corruption

A federal grand today has returned a 14-count indictment against former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell and former First Lady Maureen G. McDonnell for allegedly participating in a scheme to violate federal public corruption laws. The indictment, returned in the Eastern District of Virginia,...

Tenth Circuit Opinion on Mens Rea for Tax Obstruction - What Does Unlawful Mean? (7212(a))

In United States v. Williamson , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], ___ F.3d ___, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 4934 (10th Cir. 2014), here , the Tenth Circuit rejected the taxpayer's argument that the jury should have been instructed on the meaning of "unlawful" meant in a...

Prosecutors Strike Out on Barry Bonds as Ninth Circuit Narrows Obstruction Strike Zone

By Sanjay Bhandari, Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., and Charles A. Stillman The indictment and trial of famed baseball slugger Barry Bonds for perjury and obstruction of justice drew nationwide attention. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ April 22, 2015, en banc decision reversing Bonds’...