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Tax professional acquitted in federal tax fraud trial

An Ohio tax preparer feels vindicated (and relieved) after a jury acquitted him on 21 counts of tax fraud.  He was facing the prospect of not merely losing his professional license but spending the rest of his life in prison.

Although the case had a happy ending, it was a years-long ordeal for the accused. The case reveals the powers of the government and the extreme lengths the IRS will go to in prosecuting alleged tax crimes.

Sloppy turn signal is not basis for stop, search and conviction

A Texas appeals court has thrown out the drug conviction of a man who was pulled over on the shaky excuse of being tardy in signaling a lane change.

The appellate court said that the trumped-up traffic violation did not justify a traffic stop and warrantless vehicle search that ultimately led to the man being sentenced for cocaine possession.

Study links law enforcement Tasers to more than 1,000 deaths

Tasers were supposed to be a non-lethal alternative to firearms. But more than 1,000 American citizens have died when police used stun guns on them.

The Reuters news agency tracked Taser-related deaths across the United States over the last two decades. The report is a “shocking” expose of how dangerous stun weapons can be even in the hands of trained law enforcement.

A sliding scale for criminal fines and traffic tickets?

To a brain surgeon or corporate executive, a speeding ticket is no big deal. They probably have that much cash in their purse or wallet. When a retail clerk or maid gets that traffic ticket, it hurts. It may mean the rent is late or they can't buy food. It can have a domino effect.

Some countries have a sliding scale for criminal fines, based on the person's income. That makes all citizens accountable and increases revenue. Should we be doing this in the U.S.?

'PIL' task force on opioid trade will cast a wide net

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a coordinated and unprecedented effort to combat the scourge of prescription opioid abuse in America. By cracking down on the supply side, federal law enforcement hopes to reduce overdose deaths and the crime and family strife associated with painkiller addiction.

But any War on Drugs always catches innocent people in the dragnet. Doctors, pharmacists, clinic managers, pharmaceutical company reps and anyone who handles their finances or billing might find themselves under investigation, under arrest or indicted by a federal grand jury.

Report suggests federal agencies secretly helping local police

There is nothing wrong with federal agencies working with local law enforcement. Unless the feds are passing along unlawfully obtained information or concealing their secret surveillance.

A recent court case has revealed a disturbing trend. Federal agents feed tips to state and local police who then make the bust. Those defendants and their lawyers typically are not aware of the questionable origins of their arrest. The appellate ruling has due process implications for those prosecuted for drug crimes and other charges.

South Carolina Amtrak crash appears to be human error

Two crewmembers died and 116 passengers and crew were injured in a tragic train accident in South Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 4. An Amtrak train ended up on the wrong track and crashed head-on into a parked CSX freight train.

The precise chain of events is under investigation. But an official from the National Transportation Safety Board said that available technology could have prevented this. "Positive train control" can spot problems ahead and slow or stop trains.

The consequences of underage DUI are harsh and long-lasting

Jail or loss of driving privileges may not even be the worst part of a DUI conviction. The long-term aftermath can be just as devastating.

This is especially true for students and young adults. A DUI on a young person’s record can affect their college plans and future employment, as well as their finances and social standing. It is critical to avoid a conviction if at all possible.

How are federal criminal charges different?

Criminal prosecutions can be brought in state or federal court. What is the difference between a state crime and a federal crime? What triggers federal charges? Is federal court any different than state court?

Yes, there are important differences. Federal crimes are almost always felony charges, with potentially tougher punishments. Federal court operates under different procedures, from rules of evidence to sentencing. If you are suspected of a federal offense, make sure your lawyer is experienced in that arena.

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