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Defendants Lingering in Jail & The Sixth Amendment Under Siege During COVID-19: What’s Next?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

There is no question that the pandemic has completely changed how we practice criminal justice and what we consider to be ensuring that criminal defendants are provided with their constitutional rights. And while our society may be willing to make compromises when it comes to civil rights on a temporary basis in the face… Read More »


Department of Justice, FBI, And SEC Bringing Charges in Conjunction with Pandemic Loan Program

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The Department of Justice has not only taken an aggressive approach to what they consider to be violations of the Defense Production Act and hoarding, selling, and price-gouging of personal protective equipment, but also loans taken out from the SBA paycheck protection program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act… Read More »


Former New York Prosecutors Predict a Number of White Collar Criminal Prosecutions During & After COVID-19, Although Delays Are Expected

By Phillip J. Murphy |

According to a number of former New York prosecutors, a surge of white-collar criminal prosecutions stemming from the disruptions brought to the market by the coronavirus are expected and will likely mirror those that followed the financial crisis of 2008. Yet while a number of related investigations are already underway, the entire prosecution process–including… Read More »


New York & Federal Government Threaten Criminal Charges in Conjunction with COVID-19 That Are Legally Questionable

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In continuance of a number of new criminal charges and prosecutions that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic, in May, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that nursing homes in New York would be criminally prosecuted for fraud under the False Claims Act if they fail to report death numbers due to the virus…. Read More »


New York Police Department Increases Low-Level Arrests in Poor Neighborhoods During Virus Concerns

By Phillip J. Murphy |

As New York City grapples with the coronavirus in the same way that cities across the country are, some are questioning the logic and safety of the New York Police Department’s actions; specifically, the decision by some officers to continue to execute low-level arrests and physically escalate confrontations with civilians that, even during ‘normal’… Read More »


Coronavirus-Related Charges in New Jersey Get More Serious, Revealing That Police May Be Abusing Discretion

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Police in New Jersey are still arresting people for holding gatherings that violate the state’s order on social distancing during the pandemic. However, they are also now charging them with far more serious crimes: For example, in mid-April, after a party was held with children in the backyard of a New Jersey residence, six… Read More »

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