Federal Pretrial

9th Circuit Restricts Computer Fraud Prosecutions

As reported by The Recorder, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has done much to narrow the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In their article about this circuit decision, the Recorder reports that you cannot be criminally prosecuted for checking out Facebook or football scores at work. “We shouldn’t have to live …

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Good Advise for those Entering Federal Prison

In an article posted Thursday by former Missouri state senator Jeff Smith, a set of tips for entering federal prison were laid out. The article was written to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojavich on his impending report to federal prison. These tips are seem very remedial to those that have been inside federal prison, they …

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The 10th Circuit, Fricosu, and the 5th Amendment

Electronic Decryption Orders As can be read in our previous posts (here and here), a case in Colorado has caught the attention of the nation in its implications on the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This case touches on the Constitution, fraud, sex offenses, electronic freedoms, and many other incredibly important topics. Yesterday, …

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Update: Fricosu, The 10th Circuit, and the 5th Amendment

U.S. v. Fricosu 2/23/12 – As we previously discussed in this post, the government wants to force the defendant in the above-titled case to turn over an unencrypted hard drive that may or may not have incriminating evidence in it. The district judge granted the governments motion to force the defendant to supply the hard …

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