DOAR director Roy Futterman provides an overview of both sides’ strategies and progress in the first week of the Paul Manafort fraud trial.
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By Natalie Gordon, M.A., Ph.D. student, DOAR analyst
When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, many Americans asked—how did this happen? Some attributed it to James Comey’s decision to re-open the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails just days earlier, while others looked farther back in time to Trump’s success on the Apprentice. This investigation into what led Trump to become President exemplifies the human inclination to create causal chains when trying to understand events. And we do this all the time, whether we’re trying to understand...Read Full Article >
As experts in trial strategy who routinely assist clients involved in high-profile, white-collar criminal cases, we are always struck by the influence the federal government has over the evolution of these cases. The rules of criminal procedure and the resources of the government seem to put even the most wealthy, well-represented defendants in an imbalanced, unfair predicament.Read Full Article >
Last week, lawyers for Brendan Dassey, whose conviction was documented in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court decision that ruled a young Dassey’s confession was voluntary. He was 16 years old at the time he confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and murder photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005, and according to court filings, he has suffered from intellectual disabilities most of his life. Dassey’s attorneys claim investigators took advantage of his youth and mental deficiencies to...Read Full Article >