• What are white collar crimes exactly?

    October 15, 2017

    Famous White Collar Crimes White collar crimes are often linked to financial scams or corporate fraud – often committed by savvy professionals who have to wear a ‘white-collar’ and tie to work every day. Leading criminologist Edwin Sutherland defined it as ‘a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the […]

  • Victim’s Rights

    October 2, 2017

    In the last election, several states had on the ballot whether to include Victims’ Rights Amendments within their state Constitutions. A similar amendment has been proposed to be included in the U.S. Constitution, without much traction. About twenty states, including California and Illinois, have victims’ rights amendment in their constitution, but there has been resistance […]

  • Body Cameras

    August 10, 2017

    In light of the recent issues between police and the community, many departments have taken the initiative in requiring their officers to wear body cameras, in addition to the dashboard cameras usually installed on police vehicles. The aim is to increase transparency and clear up any disputes when there are allegations of police violence. However, […]

  • DMX Tax Evasion

    July 14, 2017

    Another celebrity was recently accused of conducting tax fraud – rapper DMX was arrested for a scheme where he allegedly concealed millions of dollars in order to avoid paying over $1.7 million in taxes. The charges indicate that he earned millions in royalties from his songs, but failed to report any of it to the […]

  • When is it NOT a hate crime?

    June 21, 2017

    Hate crimes are not very common, as it is an extra element that state prosecutors have to prove. It’s an element that essentially makes it an aggravated crime, leading to enhanced sentences. The crime is a regular crime, such as assault or murder, but it has to be motivated by some sort of sexual, racial […]

  • Bill Cosby Trial

    June 6, 2017

    This past week, one of America’s most beloved comedians is in court, defending himself from multiple and serious allegations of sexual assault in Philadelphia. While the case is evolving, and the strategy of both the state and the defense will be revealed each day, here is what we do know: – There is only one […]

  • Prosecutorial Misconduct

    May 8, 2017

    The government – both state and federal – have massive discretion when it comes to when, how and which cases they intend to prosecute. Some of their considerations are of course success: are they likely to prevail in court? There might also be a huge public concern to prosecute a case, such as cases involving […]

  • Construction Fraud and White Collar Crime

    April 18, 2017

    In April 2017, the District Attorney of Manhattan announced that four people and three corporations were charged with crimes of construction industry fraud to the tune of $9.6 million. The scheme is alleged to be massive – with at least 40 subcontracting companies being defrauded on 34 construction projects in Manhattan alone. The defendants were […]

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    April 6, 2017

    The Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA, has implemented regulations that have made a tangible difference in the air, water, and environmental quality in the country – despite what your personal feelings might be about it. President Obama promised to protect and expand the EPA, in an attempt to meet the goals set by the […]

  • White Collar Gang Crimes

    February 23, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal recently had an article chronicling a new trend amongst gangs – white-collar crimes. These crimes have grown in prevalence, in large part because white-collar crimes typically carry a lower prison sentence and fines than violent or drug-based crimes. Recently, one gang member was indicted for stealing over $90,000 in counterfeit checks […]