2019 Brings Strong National Focus On Gun Law Updates, Restrictions

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Violent Crimes on Monday, January 7, 2019. Although partisanship and a general unwillingness to cooperate across political lines certainly contributes to slowed American progress along many fronts, gun-law adjustments appear to be a marked exception. That might reasonably surprise many people, given ultra-strong positions that have emerged as polar opposites in the right-to-bear-arms debate that has prominently raged in recent years. Notwithstanding extreme views that mark the outer limits of discourse, middle ground that promotes legislative change has unquestionably appeared in states all across the country. A recent national media piece on material gun-linked changes slated …

What Does Aiding And Abetting Actually Mean?

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry on Saturday, December 29, 2018. One of your co-workers commits fraud. It’s sloppy and they get caught and arrested. You knew about the scheme, but you’re glad you didn’t go along with it when you see how everything turns out. Then the authorities begin looking in your direction, and you get this sinking feeling. They think you’re guilty of aiding and abetting. They want to bring you in on criminal charges. Maybe you’re not quite as safe as you thought. But what does aiding and abetting actually mean? When the crime happened, you were comfortably …

Drug Overdoses: An Outsized National Problem That Just Gets Bigger

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Thursday, December 27, 2018. Oxycodone formerly reigned. Cocaine followed that up. Other drugs have also centrally featured, including heroin and methamphetamine. And now the powerful pain-killing narcotic medication fentanyl is front and center. A recent national article spotlighting that pharmaceutical offering notes that it is now “the most deadly drug in the U.S.” That of course begs an obvious question, to which this is the answer: Federal regulators say that there were a stunning 63,632 deaths linked with fentanyl use in 2016 (the most recent annual period for which relevant data is …

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

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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 …