Bill Cosby is in prison after yet another highly publicized, epic fall from grace amid the #MeToo movement. Once referred to as “America’s Dad,” the comedian and actor has moved from a lavish home to a 7x13 jail cell in Pennsylvania after a judge sentenced him to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand more than a decade ago. It took two juries to convict Bill Cosby. His first trial in June 2017 ended with a hung jury, but it took a second jury just two days to convict him in his April 28, 2018, retrial. How did the case of Bill Cosby go from a deadlocked jury to a sex crimes conviction? And will Cosby stay in prison, or will his lawyers win on appeal? Shan Wu, a former sex crimes prosecutor based in Washington, D.C., believes the reasoning behind Cosby’s conviction is...Read More
President Donald Trump is on a crusade to imprison immigrants as they cross our borders. And what’s worse: he’s billing his “zero tolerance” immigration policy -- pitting asylum-seekers as criminals -- as a humane solution. In an op-ed published on CNN’s website, Shan Wu, a former federal prosecutor who also served as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno, explains that Trump’s new immigration policy is an effort to deter immigrants from coming to the United States by locking up as many of them as possible. How is his administration doing this legally? Investigators tried simply attaching “illegal entry” to immigrants’ rap sheets, automatically converting their civil asylum request into a criminal proceeding. It’s important to note that seeking asylum in the United States is not a crime. Once these immigrants were deemed criminals, they detained the asylum seekers and separated thousands of children from their families. This continued for weeks,...Read More
If you followed the high-profile trial of Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of Rick Gates closely, you might have watched DC Defense attorney Shanlon Wu analyzing the cases on CNN or noticed his name appearing in news articles that mention Manafort and Gates. Gates was a longtime deputy to Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman who was convicted on August 21 of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to report foreign bank accounts. He was convicted on eight of the 18 charges he was facing. Gates pleaded guilty in February to similar charges in a deal that forced him to take the stand and testify against Manafort. Wu, a former federal prosecutor who served as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno, was one of Gates’ defense attorneys until he withdrew from the case in February 2018. The criminal charges...Read More
As the Trump brokered meeting between GOP lawmakers and the Justice Department erodes bipartisanship in our government by excluding Democrats, the President continues to undermine the IG's investigation with new allegations that there was a spy in his campaign. What does this all mean for the Russia Probe? Meanwhile, Michael Cohen's partner gets an extremely favorable plea agreement. Will that influence a flip? Watch this discussion + hear my thoughts from today's CNN appearance below:Read More
What does Bill Cosby’s recent conviction mean for the current status of sexual assault cases in criminal cases, campus cases and the #MeToo movement? Cosby was first tried on the identical charges in June of 2017. That case resulted in the judge declaring a mistrial after the jury deadlocked, unable to reach a verdict for six days. But at the retrial in April of this year, the jury took only two days to return a guilty verdict. What changed? Everything. Let’s examine the legal changes and the changes in the world since the first trial. The Legal View Legally, the case was a completely different case the second time around. In the first trial, the judge allowed only a single witness, besides the complainant, to testify as to an alleged similar assault that Cosby had supposedly done. Although there were up to 19 potential women who could have offered such...Read More
Sexual misconduct charges have exploded across our society from college campuses to the federal judiciary. No area of life is off-limits and nor should it be since sexual misconduct, ranging from sexual assault to sexual harassment has been tolerated for far too long in our society. But with every positive comes a negative and the stakes for a person accused of sexual misconduct have never been higher. Left un-defended, allegations of sexual misconduct will easily derail careers, potential careers and your means of earning a livelihood. If you are facing allegations of sexual misconduct you need to immediately take action. Waiting can be fatal to your reputation and your livelihood. Here are three action steps: Identify the source Preserve evidence Develop a legal strategy Identifying the Source You need to know who is accusing you and how many people may accuse you. Don’t assume that the source you are hearing...Read More
Two former high-ranking executives at a defense contracting company in Singapore will spend the next few years behind bars for overbilling the U.S. Navy roughly $35 million for servicing ships in Asia. It’s known as the “Fat Leonard” scandal, because the company involved in the fraud is Glenn Marine Group, which is owned by Leonard Glenn “Fat Leonard” Francis. The two executives are Linda Raja and Neil Peterson, both of whom lived in Singapore. Raja was sentenced to 46 months, or almost four years, while Peterson got 70 months, or almost six years. They were arrested in Singapore in October of 2016. The two high-ranking executives pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to defraud the United States via false claims. How did the “Fat Leonard” scam work? Here’s a breakdown of how the mega military contractor defrauded the government: Peterson, Raja and other managers at Glenn Marine Group...Read More
If you can’t rely on proximity, what or who can you rely on? The tried and true works best and a mother from 372 B.C. offers a valuable lesson for today’s parents.