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Two war stories from legendary civil rights and criminal defense attorney Dennis Roberts on silly prosecutions From an email sent 7 December 2010 by Dennis Roberts I was approached by the girlfriend of a guy who was being charged with counterfeiting AUSTRALIAN dollars in the US. Who gives a shit you might ask. Turns out […]

This Post Continues A Series That Will Comprise The Entirety Of The Matthew Keys Sentencing Documents Filed By The Defense – Part 7   THE STATUTORY SENTENCING FACTORS IN 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) REQUIRE A SENTENCE BELOW THE GUIDELINES RANGE FOR DEFENDANT MATTHEW KEYS.   The Sentencing Guidelines are not mandatory. It is always within the discretion […]

DEFENDANT IS THUS ENTITLED TO A JURY INSTRUCTION REGARDING THE COLLECTIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DEFENSE UNDER HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 11362.775 In People v. Urziceanu (2005) 132 Cal. App. 4th 747 the Court held that the –   “defendant argues that the Medical Marijuana Program Act provides him with a new defense to the charge […]

October 21, 2015 In re Matthew Keys To Whom You May Concern: Along with Tor Ekeland and Mark Jaffe, I represent Mr. Keys in a criminal court case involving convictions for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA” 18 USC section 1030).  Mr. Keys is a journalist and maintains that he was in […]

So-called “Stand Your Ground” laws are a subject of controversy both in the legal community and in the public debate. This reached a fever pitch when George Zimmerman was acquitted of the killing of Trayvon Martin. What is a stand your ground law? Wikipedia has an excellent definition, and I will share that with you: […]