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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Insider Trading Case

April 27, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a significant insider trading case where its decision will clarify an issue upon which two circuits have split: the definition of “personal benefit” in regard to tipsters in insider trading cases. The case -- Salman v. United States…

Texas Home Health Care Agency Owner Sentenced to 10 Years for Medicare Fraud

April 26, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The owner of a Dallas area home health care agency has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $25 million in restitution for taking part in a $375 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern…

Ex-NBA Player Tate George Sentenced to 9 Years for Real Estate Ponzi Scheme

April 25, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Ex-NBA player Tate George has been sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution for operating ] a real estate Ponzi scheme that cheated other current and former NBA players. George is a former UConn basketball standout and played in…

DOJ Intensifies Effort to Prosecute Executives for White Collar Crimes

April 22, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Last September, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a policy memo to its prosecutors urging them to demand evidence against employees “regardless of their position, status or seniority” from companies that are under investigation for corporate fraud or other white collar crime. The renewed focus on…

California Case a Cautionary Tale of Fed’s Relentless Prosecution in a Dubious White Collar Crime

February 25, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Regardless of whether you believe the feds are soft on white collar crime, there is one story out of California that illustrates their relentless prosecution of dubious charges against an entrepreneur and his attorney girlfriend. According to a Forbes article, California businessman Steven Zinnel’s bankruptcy was…