When an individual is charged with a federal crime, he or she may face particularly severe penalties. When that person is a former FBI agent, the consequences he or she faces on a personal and professional level are also severe, since federal law enforcement agents are often held to higher moral standards. A retired FBI agent in New York is dealing with such a situation, as he has had federal charges brought against him for an alleged plot to sell confidential documents.
Jurisdiction is a crucial part of every court proceeding. Essentially, jurisdiction involves a court's authority to preside over and determine the proceedings before it. The New York Daily News recently reported on an interesting federal case involving a man that apparently admitted to murdering three people and has been sitting on death row in another state. A federal appeals court has tossed the state court murder convictions and ordered that the man be released from state custody, though with the expectation that federal charges will be pursued in place of the rejected state court action.
Two young men from upstate New York are facing substantial periods of incarceration in a federal penitentiary after entering guilty pleas to charges stemming from a string of bank robberies. The federal charges were brought in the U.S. District Court in Syracuse. Having now admitted guilt to the bank robbery charges, they await sentencing by the court.
If New York Senator Charles E. Schumer has anything to say about it, there will soon be a new federal law that targets scrap metal thieves. The idea behind the proposed legislation is to make it a federal crime to steal scrap metal under certain circumstances. It is also meant to strength enforcement measures by requiring recyclers to keep detailed records of transactions, in conjunction with other requirements.
Due to recent events in the news, the attention that gun charges are getting is very high. The courts and the public are very concerned about gun related incidents. People are paying special attention to federal charges related to semiautomatic weapons, especially if those weapons are tied to other crimes. Defendants who are accused of being involved in such crimes may want to be well versed in the laws covering weapons charges.
United States laws forbid individuals from shipping certain items to other countries. There are a wide range of items that are forbidden by U.S. law, many of which are illegal due to the items having potential military use. In a recent case, four individuals were arrested, including a man from Queens, New York, on federal charges for allegedly attempting to ship items to Iran, Taiwan and China.
It is rare that an individual hears about a civil lawsuit resulting in criminal charges being filed. In most cases, if a civil suit lacks legal grounds to proceed, the case is merely dismissed. However, in a recent case, a New York man faces federal charges based on allegations that he attempted to defraud social media giant Facebook.
Being arrested on federal charges can be far more serious than if an individual faces charges brought forth by state law enforcement. Given the strict sentencing guidelines that federal prosecutors and judges use when imposing sentences for convictions on federal charges, there can be a lot at stake for a defendant who may be subject to such penalties should a federal prosecutor be able to prove the case in court.
An investigation into criminal conduct does not always conclude once an individual has been arrested and charged. In some New York cases, additional federal charges can arise if the prosecution finds new evidence that suggests other criminal acts, which they can add onto the other pending charges.
Syracuse residents are likely aware of the recent construction projects going on in New York City, such as the construction of 3 World Trade Center. Now, several of the largest construction companies behind these public works projects are facing federal crime investigations. After a billing fraud incident with Bovis Lend Lease, federal prosecutors have been looking into the billing practices in other construction companies.