Jack Sharman

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Mueller told Trump he’s not a criminal target in the Russia probe. That may not mean what you think.

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>There’s something for everybody in the big story The Washington Post broke Tuesday night about how special counsel Robert S. Mueller III told President Trump's lawyers last month that Trump isn't currently a criminal target in the Russia investigation. For Trump, it …

Donald Trump

Special Counsel Subpoenas, FBI Agent Texts, GoGo Penguin Groove – White Collar Wire

An unusual point arose here (at the end) regarding an FBI agent’s political text-messages and cross-examination:<p><b>Text Messages and FBI Agents</b><p>The …

Jack Sharman – MSNBC – Meet the Press (Dec. 5, 2017)

White Collar Wire – White Collar Crime | Law. Literature. Martini.

Last month, then-Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand issued a memorandum to Department of Justice civil lawyers concerning the circumstances …

Dante’s Guide: Preparing the Grand Jury Witness – White Collar Wire

Finally, one gets to quote Dante while talking about grand jury witnesses:<p><i>In the year 1300, at age 35, the narrator of Dante’s Inferno famously finds</i> …

Thanksgiving Cocktails, Truman Capote, Puritan Poetry – White Collar Wire

<b>A few notes for your Thanksgiving: a holiday examination, Mumm champagne, an old-fashioned cocktail from Garden & Gun, the French 75 (its history and</b> …

Literature

Speculation grows around Flynn and Mueller probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling investigation has spawned a new guessing game in Washington centered on retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, …

Donald Trump

The Nick Nora Glass Is Back

Nora Charles: “I’ll be with you in two shakes of a cocktail.” <br>Nick Charles: “Cocktail? Cocktail? Think I’ll try one of those things.” <br>—<i>The Thin Man</i> …

Lauren Bacall and The Big Sleep: Film Noir Cool, White Collar Crime, Cocktail Cold – White Collar Wire

To the extent that it reflected crime, Lauren Bacall’s work was noir, not white-collar; black, not white; guns, not accounting fraud. Yet, there was …

Trump tortured Spicer and Priebus. Now they get to tell investigators about Trump.

Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus are among six current and former White House aides with whom special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is likely to seek interviews in his Russia investigation, as The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Helderman and Ashley Parker report.<p>The fact that top …

Donald Trump

Sharman looking thoughtful on public corruption panel at @ABACJS Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute.

The weaponization of plea bargain offers | Opinion

A high rate of plea agreements means that prosecutors rarely need to meet any burden of proof -- when the threat of a stiff sentence resulting from a …

New Jersey

Impeachment Lessons and The Midnight Special – White Collar Wire

This post will eventually test your affinity for the 1970s, which featured both Richard Nixon and The Midnight Special. The Special was formative in …

Gin Van, Joan Collins and Rare Earth – White Collar Wire

Friday is upon us, so a few notes about cocktails.<p>The cocktail snob is suffering a (deserved) backlash, as Robert O. Simonson of the <i>New York Times</i> …

Rare Earth

White-Collar Motive, Gun Crazy Movie – White Collar Wire

In 1950, producers Frank and Maurice King released Gun Crazy, a sometimes surreal Bonnie-and-Clyde story with an introverted, pacifist gun lover …

Sentencing Guidelines

Bible Blog Archive - Cathedral Church of the Advent

Have you ever found yourself with an assignment and thought it so difficult as to be impossible? When I went away to school, one of my first …

Summer Crime, “Young Lawyers,” Martinis – White Collar Wire

Summer’s heat is fully upon us. Let us take a moment for crime fiction and cocktails.<p>For recent crime-fiction releases, take a look at Midmonth Book …

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Finding the End-Times Tense - Daniel, L. Ron Hubbard and Me - Cathedral Church of the Advent

Daniel sets out the dire straits awaiting Israel: Kings, princes and powers rise and fall. Earthly battles reflect a heavenly struggle …

Trump, Putin had previously undisclosed visit at G20 dinner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a previously undisclosed conversation during a dinner for G20 leaders at a summit earlier this month in Germany, a White House official said on Tuesday.<p>The two leaders held a formal two-hour bilateral …

Donald Trump

Prosecutors use Joe Arpaio's immigration talk against him

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal trial opened Monday over his defiance of the courts in traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, …

Immigration

US does not need warrant to subpoena Oregon drug data

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency does not need a court order to subpoena a prescription drug database kept by the state of Oregon, but the ruling did not specify whether those subpoenas would violate constitutional protections.<p>The ruling …

Surveillance

Mishandle a Fraud Search, and All That Fine Evidence Could Be for Nothing

A search conducted at a home or business can feel like a terrible violation of privacy. When a score of agents tramp through the premises taking just about everything that isn’t nailed down, the question is whether that comports with the Fourth Amendment’s protection “against unreasonable searches …

Surveillance

Pharmacy Boss Barry Cadden Gets Nine Years for Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

BOSTON — Barry Cadden, the pharmacy co-owner found responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a national meningitis outbreak, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Monday, far less than the victims had wanted.<p>"I'm sorry for your extraordinary losses," Cadden, wiping his eyes, said in U.S. …

Public Health

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Murders of Crows, Sons of Anarchy and Angels of God - Cathedral Church of the Advent

In our readings for today, the author of the letter to the Hebrews describes a new cosmic hierarchy and explains how that new hierarchy fits into a …

Congressional Investigations, Criminal Cases and The Knights Who Say “Ni!”

We are heading into what appears to be a summer of investigations along the Potomac, some of them in the House and Senate. As of this writing, former …

Vermouth, Bitters and Black Coffee – White Collar Wire

In speaking of the martini, Winston Churchill supposedly observed “I would like to observe the vermouth from across the room while I drink my …

Robert Mueller emerging as gatekeeper for all Russia probes, and Congress is wary

WASHINGTON — As multiple congressional committees widen their Russia investigations, former FBI director Robert Mueller is emerging as the gatekeeper.<p>In the past week, since Mueller was appointed to oversee the FBI's ongoing probe into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and the …

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Internal Investigations: Lessons Learned from a Governor's Impeachment

Ex-coal CEO fresh from prison urges Trump to probe 2010 blast | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former coal executive who last week finished a yearlong prison sentence for conspiring to violate safety standards at a mine where a deadly blast occurred, has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to “get to the truth” about the incident.<p>Donald Blankenship, who was chief …

Environmentalism

Photographer: Noel Kernsource: Fragments of Noir

Photographer: Noel Kern