SCOTUS Case Spotlights Cellphone Privacy Rights

In Violent Crimesby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Violent Crimes on Monday, June 12, 2017. Today you might have gone to a couple stores, maybe a bar or restaurant, a doctor’s office and a baseball game. Maybe you went to a place or two you would just as soon not identify to anyone for personal reasons, and you don’t really consider that any third party’s business. Especially that of any government official or agency. When it comes to privacy, most Americans will readily confirm that they place a high value on the concept. And they get squeamish with the thought that laws might …

Do Tougher Penalties Require New Drug Crime Defense Strategies?

In Drug Crimesby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Monday, June 5, 2017. Drug distribution laws penalize selling or transporting controlled substances. Both federal and state distribution charges vary based on the type of drug and the amount sold. Charges also vary based on whether minors were involved or targeted. Yet politics also impact drug enforcement. Readers may be familiar with the slogan, America’s War on Drugs. In conjunction with that aggressive stance, the U.S. Sentencing Commission issued mandatory minimum sentencing rules. Federal Prosecutors Are Seeking Tougher Drug Penalties The new administration is reviving this older approach to drug enforcement. Attorney …

When The Court Weighs In: Why A Judge Hates Mandatory Sentencing

In Uncategorizedby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Monday, June 5, 2017. A packet of sugar. Things like that are what likely keep Mark Bennett and other similarly thinking federal judges awake at night as they ponder the disconnect between the stated objectives of mandatory minimum sentencing rules in the federal realm and what those guidelines actually achieve. And what they far too often yield as results, in judge Bennett’s view, is “a miscarriage of justice.” We touched upon the burning topical issue of mandatory minimums in a recent blog post, noting in our May 17 entry that, “A scathing criticism of …