On August 23, 2017, I saw something historic happen. I saw jurors receive instructions about how to take steps to prevent the Internet from pushing case-relevant information to them. This instruction was of no small moment since the trial was certain to generate a great deal of media attention. New Jersey’s senior Senator, Robert Menendez, was about to be tried in a Newark, New Jersey federal courtroom for allegedly exerting political influence in exchange for gifts and favors from his co-defendant, ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen.
Abbe David Lowell...Read Full Article >
Defending White Collar Criminal Cases
Defending an allegation of white collar crime is replete with challenges. Some arise from the evidence: for example, badly timed calls and trades in insider trading cases, emails that are suggestive of wrongdoing when taken out of context, and accounting practices that seem suspicious to those unfamiliar with the vagaries of GAAP rules.
And then, there are the jurors: a dozen or so people who bring to the case their own life experiences and too often, their own assumptions about corporate executives, those who...Read Full Article >
John Henry was an African American folk hero and a “steel-driving man.” He hammered steel drills into rock to make holes for explosives that cleared the way for railroad tunnels. According to legend and song, he competed in a race against a steam-powered hammer. He won the race but died with his hammer in his hand. The stress of his exertion stilled his heart.Read Full Article >