Monthly Archives: August 2014

Riley v. California: Search Warrants for Cell Phones

In June of this year, the United States Supreme Court in Riley v. California, 134 S.Ct. 999 (2014), unanimously held that search of a cell/smart phone requires a warrant. The Court affirmed that 4th amendment protections regarding privacy apply to cell/smart phones and that search of a cell phone is not a reasonable search incident…
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Possible Amendments to Fraud Guidelines

There has been a recent shift by the Sentencing Commission regarding sentencing for non-violent drug offenders as evidenced by changes to the drug quantity table. It appears that that changes to the fraud guidelines are also in the works. After a long period of increasing penalties for economic crimes, the United States Sentencing Commission on…
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Sentencing Guidelines Reduces Drug Quantity Down

In April of this year, the United States Sentencing Commission voted on an amendment to the Sentencing Guidelines which reduces the drug quantity table down two levels.The offense levels in the drug quantity table at 2D1.1 and the precursor table at 2D1.11 are reduced by 2 levels. This amendment takes effect on November 1st. Defense…
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