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  • When Does Drug Dealing Becomes Federal Drug Trafficking?

    It is a drug crime to sell, distribute, or otherwise handle any illegal narcotic, or to use a legal drug in any way deemed illegal. However, there are circumstances that can elevate a drug crime from a state-level issue to a federal crime . In particular, at a certain point, most drug crimes can constitute the federal crime of drug trafficking if requirements are fulfilled. Creating, moving, ...
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  • The IRS Wants to Audit Me for Tax Evasion - What Do I Do?

    Has the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or another government agency accused you of committing the federal crime of tax evasion ? A full tax audit will be the next thing on the agenda, if you haven’t been notified about the commencement of one already. It might feel like your position is indefensible due to the sheer size and strength of the forces against you, but there are steps you can take to ...
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  • Connect Online with Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC

    Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC is a firm that focuses on providing the highest quality service, including excellent communication with clients. Stay in touch with us in person, over the phone, or online through any of our various social media and other profiles! CONTACT PISSETZKY & BERLINER, LLC Address: 53 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1515, Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: (312) 883-9466 Contact Us Online: Fill out ...
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  • The 4th Amendment Has Entered the Digital Age: SCOTUS Rules Police Need Warrant to Search Phones

    COME BACK WITH A WARRANT. At least, that’s what the United States Supreme Court told the government this June. In a nearly unanimous opinion (Justice Alito filed a concurrence), the highest court in the land ruled that police officers must secure a warrant before searching data on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested. The Court determined that searching modern cell phones, ...
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  • Warring Peterson lawyers take fight to court

    CHICAGO — Drew Peterson’s wisecracking, limelight-hogging, sunglasses-wearing lawyers faced the media horde every day of the former suburban Chicago police officer’s 2012 trial – one that ended with a murder conviction and a falling out among the erstwhile colleagues. But the lawyerly war of words in public between lead trial counsel Joel Brodsky and former partner-turned-nemesis Steve Greenberg ...
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  • Defense: Medrano never fell for government 'snitch'

    Ambrosio Medrano, a former Chicago alderman convicted nearly two decades ago of public corruption, was searching for a financial opportunity for his wife of 35 years so the two could retire and spend time with their grandchildren, his attorney told a jury today at Medrano’s federal bribery trial. So when an acquaintance said he had a millionaire medical sales rep pal in Los Angeles who could help ...
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  • Chicago's next prosecutor to be more of an insider

    January 1, 2013 - Associated Press CHICAGO — The lanky, soft-spoken lawman from New York arrived in Chicago with a mandate to clean up corruption-plagued Illinois. And after a decade on the job, Patrick Fitzgerald had helped put two successive governors and a long procession of other public officials behind bars. Months after the consummate outsider resigned as head of the U.S. attorney’s office ...
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  • DuPage judge allows evidence in Harper wrestler's home invasion trial

    When Kerin Ramirez goes to trial for invading an off-duty police officer’s home, a DuPage County jury will learn the former Harper College wrestler was drunk when he entered the house and was shot during the confrontation that followed. Prosecutors had asked DuPage Judge George Bakalis to bar the defense from mentioning either detail during the trial. But Bakalis on Thursday denied the request. ...
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  • News - Peterson Mistrial Considered In the News
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  • Peterson Jury Selection Begins
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  • George Ryan Appeal Sent Back By Supreme Court

    CHICAGO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to again look at former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s bid to overturn his corruption convictions, offering the imprisoned Republican a chance, however slim, at a new trial. The decision marks one of the few significant rulings that have gone in Ryan’s favor since he was convicted of accepting vacations, gifts and cash for steering ...
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  • Blagojevich Lawyers Ask Judge to Endorse Drug Rehab Program for Former Governor

    Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys have asked to have him placed in a drug rehab program when he starts his 14-year prison sentence for corruption, though they aren’t saying if the former Illinois governor has a problem or if it’s a legal move. Judge James Zagel agreed Tuesday to recommend Blagojevich for the program. Neither Zagel nor Blagojevich’s attorneys detailed why he would be eligible. ...
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  • Blagojevich begins bleak countdown to prison AP – 12/8/2011 – Rod Blagojevich starts his Thursday facing a bleak countdown — 71 days before the twice-elected Illinois governor must say goodbye to his family and begin serving a 14-year sentence for corruption. During those days, he will scramble to get his financial affairs in ...
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  • Blagojevich source: Emanuel, Jackson to testify

    By: MICHAEL TARM Illinois State Wire (5/24/2011) CHICAGO (AP) – A source familiar with plans for Rod Blagojevich’s defense says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will be called to testify Wednesday when attorneys begin mounting a defense in the former governor’s retrial on corruption charges. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized ...
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  • Blagojevich Defense Team Scaled Down

    By MICHAEL TARM (AP) – A defense team of more than a dozen attorneys and legal aides, who huddled around former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talking strategy or even comforting their client during his first corruption trial, won’t be there for his second. The official number of attorneys for the retrial is – two. The fact that a Blagojevich legal fund is now empty led U.S. District Judge James B. ...
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