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Supreme Court Throws Out Facebook Conviction

by Blue LLP

Posted on 2 Jun 2015


Supreme Court Throws Out Facebook Conviction

On June 1, 2015, the US Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Anthony Elonis in Elonis v. United States, a case about a man who used the social media website Facebook to post several messages about his estranged wife and others.

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Supreme Court Rules That Minimal Movement Can Trigger Sentence Enhancement

by Blue LLP

Posted on 20 Jan 2015


Supreme Court Rules That Minimal Movement Can Trigger Sentence Enhancement

In a recent decision, Whitfield v. United States, the Supreme Court held that a person who forces another to accompany him any distance in the course of or fleeing from a bank robbery is subject to a statutory sentencing enhancement.

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Supreme Court Holds Residual Clause Violates Due Process

by Blue LLP

Posted on 3 Jul 2015


Supreme Court Holds Residual Clause Violates Due Process

"It has been said that the life of the law is experience. Nine years' experience trying to derive meaning from the residual clause convinces us that we have embarked upon a failed enterprise."

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Federal Forfeiture Laws Have Broad Reach

by Blue LLP

Posted on 12 Jul 2015


Federal Forfeiture Laws Have Broad Reach

Federal drug bust results in the auction of wedding dresses, tuxedos, and engagement rings.

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