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2020 News

B.C. resident fined $250K in U.S. college admissions scam

By Thomson Reuters | CBS News | May 19, 2020

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'Varsity Blues' Mom Gets Maximum Fine for 'Money Crime'

By Brian Dowling | Law360 | May 18, 2020

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Insys Founder Tells 1st Circ. COVID-19 Risk Merits Bail

By Emily Field | Law360 | March 20, 2020

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USC Says 'Varsity Blues' Docs Put Students In 'Media Circus'

By Brian Dowling | Law360 | March 18, 2020

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‘An unprecedented order in unprecedented times’ — SJC halts trials in state court

By John R. Ellement | Globe Staff | March 17, 2020

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Ex-pro Football Player to Plead Guilty in College Admissions Scam

By Travis Andersen | Globe Staff | March 11, 2020

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College Admissions Scandal: Canadian Buinessman, a Former Pro Football Player, to Plead Guilty

By Matthew Ormseth | Staff Writer | March 11, 2020

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Judge Orders USC to Disclose Sensitive Admissions Records, in Victory for Parent Accused in Scandal

By Matthew Ormseth | Staff Writer | March 3, 2020

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A "Slap in the Face" to Federal Prosecutors? Specialists Weigh in on Boston Calling Decision

By Danny McDonald | Globe Staff | 2/12/2020

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Michael Taylor, Special Forces Op, Undercover Agent, and Suburban Football Dad, is Now a Wanted Man

By Shirley Leung | Boston Globe | 1/30/2020

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Admissions Scandal: Mother Arrested in Spain and Charged with Bribing Son's Way into UCLA to Take Deal

By Matthew Ormseth | The Los Angeles Times | 1/29/2020

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'Varsity Blues' Parents Could Be Headed For 3 Trials This Year

By Chris Vallani | Law360 | 1/17/2020

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David Sidoo's Lawyer's Legal 'Fishing Expedition' Opposed by U.S. Government

By Dan Fumano | Vancouver Sun | 1/21/2020

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Michelle Carter Case

By Travis Andersen, Danny McDonald, & John R. Ellement | Globe Staff | 1/13/2020

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Significant Cases

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Bravo Fernandez

    (722 F3d 1, 1st Cir, 2013): Federal Court of Appeals reversed conviction of a leading businessman in Puerto Rico for federal programs bribery holding that gratuities cannot, legally, be the basis for such a conviction.

  • Acquittal US v Bravo-Fernandez

    18-1358 (1st Cir, 2019): First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a conviction of a business executive for bribing a Puerto Rico Senator holding that the Government failed to meet each essential element of proof under 18 USC 666, and ordering the entry of a judgment of acquittal.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Casellas-Toro

    (1st Cir, 2015): Appellate reversal of a federal false statement conviction due to a "Rare application of the presumption of prejudice resulting from pervasive publicity from prior case”

  • Acquittal US v DiMasi

    Acquittal of Richard Vitale on federal honest services charges in corruption case involving former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi

  • Dismissed Charges US v Handa

    892 F.3d 95 (1st Cir. 2018): Dismissal of bank and wire fraud charges against business owner on Speedy Trial grounds due to delay between indictment and his arrest returning to the US from India.

  • Acquittal US v Pappathanasi

    Acquittal of defendant charged with conspiracy to evade taxes in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371.

  • Reversal of Convictions US v Tavares

    (1st Cir, Dec. 2016): 1st Circuit Court of Appeals reversal of RICO and mail fraud convictions in a public corruption case.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Vazquez-Rivera

    665 F3d 351 CA 1 (2011): Reversal of child pornography conviction based on improper admission of opinion evidence from FBI agent which prejudiced defendant’s right to a fair trial.