Category Archives: Criminal Law

What is confidential between you and your attorney?

Attorney-client privilege is absolutely necessary when it comes to building the best possible defense case, yet often it is unclear what remains confidential between an attorney and the person they are defending. The American Bar Association states that “in the absence of the client’s informed consent, the lawyer must not reveal information relating to the

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DoJ free to investigate Wells Fargo employees, but will it?

From news sources to social media outlets, the entire nation seems abuzz about the recent announcement made by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau earlier this month, which indicated it would fine Wells Fargo $100 million. The announcement came after confirming reports that some of the financial institution’s employees had “opened accounts and shifted funds from

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Cocke County Attorney Arrested at County Event

Attorney Charlotte Leibrok of Newport was arrested at an outdoor event in Cocke County on Saturday, July 26, and racked up multiple charges including public intoxication, possession of a handgun while inebriated, unlawful carrying and possession of a handgun, and for resisting arrest-all following the original charge of disorderly conduct Leibrok had been attending the

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East Tennessee Resident Receives 16 years for Carjacking and Violation of Hobbs Act

A Loudon County Tennessee resident charged with violating the Hobbs Act and Carjacking recently received a 16-year sentence due to crimes committed early last year, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. At trial, the government introduced evidence that Joshua Hayworth, 25, of Loudon, TN, used an air soft pistol on January

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Court Rules that Consensual BDSM Sexual Activity is Not Protected by the Constitution

Does the Constitution protect your right to engage in a consensual BDSM sexual relationship?  One may be surprised to learn according to a new court ruling out of Virginia, Doe v. Rector and Visitors of George Mason University, the answer is NO.  Ironically, Virginia often uses the tagline “Virginia is for lovers,” but apparently not

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2 Florida Brothers Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison for Illegal Bath Salt Distribution

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, two Florida brothers, Michael Loren Sheaffer, 35, of Pinellas Park, Florida and Matthew Shawn Sheaffer, 35, of Holiday, Florida were convicted of possessing and distributing a controlled substance known as “bath salts” and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Both brothers were sentenced on January 27,

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