Not long ago, U.S. Congress passed a major farm bill. While this proved to be a significant news item, one aspect of the bill that is likely to have repercussions in the world of the law of federal crimes went nearly unnoticed. As a result of this legislation being signed into law, it is now a federal crime to attend an animal fighting event.
When a person is convicted on federal crimes that are a felony, there are a variety of legal consequences, some of which aren't limited to prison time. For example, people convicted of a felony aren't allowed to own a firearm. Simply owning a gun under these circumstances can result in serious criminal charges.
Reality television stars involved in white collar crimes? Reality television has developed a reputation for not being entirely authentic, based on the idea that many of the shows are actually scripted. Regardless of whether or not this perception is true, two reality TV stars are currently dealing with a very real problem: Teresa and Joe Giudice have been charged by federal authorities for several counts of fraud. The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast members pled not guilty to all of the charges. Pleading not guilty at arraignment is very normal. What will happen next is the question.
Sex Crimes cases are always sensitive, because simply being accused of such an offense can tarnish a person's reputation for a lifetime. However, an ongoing federal trial has escalated this to a new level: A 10-year-old boy is being charged for sex crimes in federal court for incidents that allegedly occurred on a U.S. military base. The way the case is being handled has some criminal law observers concerned.