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June 2011 Archives

Illegal immigration prosecutions on the rise

While certainly a politically charged and divisive issue, immigration has been at the top of the federal government's priority list, particularly since the terror attacks of September 11. Recently, the government is spending more resources to catch illegal immigrants living in the United States. Because of our border with Canada, Michigan has become a hunting ground for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. The number of prosecutions related to illegal immigrants has tripled in the last 3 years.

Wiretapping: a New Tactic for Prosecutors in White-Collar Cases

Hedge-Fund Mogul Raj Rajaratnam Sunk by Wiretap Evidence

Last month, a U.S. District Court jury in New York convicted Raj Rajaratnam, co-founder of hedge giant The Galleon Group, of fraud and conspiracy after two and one-half weeks of deliberation. As the principal player in the nation's largest illegal stock-tipping case since Ivan Boesky in the 1980s, Rajaratnam may be compelled to surrender millions in profits gained from his illegal activities. He also faces potentially 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 29.

SEC Utilizes Deferral Agreement for the First Time and Gives Break to a Company for Alleged Bribery

Those familiar with the criminal justice system understand that what you see, isn't always what you get. Many people are charged with crimes, but often some of these people don't end up with convictions. There are statutes that allow for certain defendants, usually first time offenders, to escape a criminal conviction by successfully completing probation or other conditions set by the court.