Tag Archives: criminal law

Supreme Court Strikes Down Criminal Firearms Statute As Unconstitutionally Vague

By Jovalin Dedaj

An important statute in the prosecution of federal firearms offenses was struck down this week by the Supreme Court in United States v. Davis.  The ruling will relieve many defendants who would otherwise face longer sentences for using firearms while committing a “crime of violence” – a phrase the Supreme Court determined was unconstitutionally vague as defined under the statute. Continue reading Supreme Court Strikes Down Criminal Firearms Statute As Unconstitutionally Vague

Double Jeopardy “Loophole” Withstands Supreme Court Review in Gamble v. United States

By Jovalin Dedaj

The protection against double jeopardy is guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.  While well enshrined in both the law and public awareness,  this protection does not actually extend to a situation in which state and federal authorities seek to prosecute a defendant for the same offense.  For decades, the Supreme Court has justified this exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause by invoking the dual sovereignty doctrine.  Yesterday, in Gamble v. United States, the Supreme Court doubled down on its previous decisions and upheld the double jeopardy exception that allows federal and state prosecutors to pursue alleged criminals for the same offense. Continue reading Double Jeopardy “Loophole” Withstands Supreme Court Review in Gamble v. United States

Duane Morris Partner Joseph M. Burton Discusses the “4 Steps to Getting Serious About Law Firm Cybersecurity”

The need for better cybersecurity, along with the responsibility to safeguard client and firm information from the risk of loss from cyberattack, has been the focus of considerable discussion by law firms for the past four years. While some law firms have recently awakened to this key issue, significant further work needs to be undertaken. Let’s look at the progress (or lack thereof) of law firm security over this four-year period — and four ways firms could improve both the speed and effectiveness of their cybersecurity going forward.

To read the full version of the article written by Duane Morris partner Joseph M. Burton, please visit the Law Practice Today website.