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NACDL: Federal Defendants Penalized if They Don’t Plead Guilty

In a recent publication, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) found, “There is ample evidence that federal criminal defendants are being coerced to plead guilty because the penalty for exercising their constitutional rights is simply too high...

Former Vero Beach Attorney Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Eric Granitur, a former Vero Beach real estate and probate attorney, was sentenced yesterday in the Southern District of Florida (West Palm Beach Division) to twelve months and a day in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Granitur was...

Lawyer gets 53 month Sentence for Money Laundering-Federal Guideline

One of the most important parts of a federal criminal case is the sentencing phase when lawyers argue how the Federal Sentencing Guidelines apply. Case in point: Marcelo Reyes Lopez, a former in-house lawyer for PetroEcuador, who was sentenced to 53 months in prison...

Fugitive Lawyer Wanted by FBI for $20M Fraud Scheme Brought to Florida

Michael R. Casey, 71, a fugitive for over four years, wanted on federal charges related to an alleged $20 million investment fraud scheme, had his initial appearance yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Lauren F. Louis in the Southern District of Florida,...

11th Circuit Vacates Sentence Obstruction of Justice Enhancement

Last week the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the sentence of Geovanys Guevara, remanding the case to the Southern District of Florida (Miami Division) for resentencing. Guevara, of Hialeah, was convicted by a federal jury in 2015 of three counts of causing a...

Palm Beach County Paralegal Arrested for Child Pornography

Federal prosecutors have charged a 54-year-old Boynton Beach paralegal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security’s largest federal law enforcement agency, by criminal complaint with receiving and possessing child pornography....