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Author Archives: Dan Russo

When the News Media Goes Beyond Just Reporting on Crime

It used to be that the news media was a mirror of the events of the day.  A newsworthy event would occur and the media would investigate and report the facts.  Today however the news media goes far beyond telling us the who, what, where, when, and why of a particular story.  Instead, news outlets, […]

When Good People Do Bad (Stupid) Things!!!!

Ask any criminal defense attorney what is the most common question they are asked by family and friends and I guarantee they will all say the same thing: “How can you represent someone you know is guilty?”  My standard answer is a simple one, “Fortunately in this country everyone accused of a crime is entitled […]

The Right Lawyer Makes a Big Difference

A quick hypothetical.  Suppose you learned that a loved one was diagnosed with a heart condition and required heart surgery to remedy the matter.  Now suppose that your brother’s college roommate is a renowned knee surgeon.  Would you hire the knee surgeon to operate on your loved one’s heart?  If so, then maybe you need […]

Internet Child Pornography Questions and Answers

Child pornography has become a high priority target for federal and state law enforcement authorities. The Internet has radically changed how child pornography is reproduced and distributed; the availability of Internet Child Pornography (“ICP”) has skyrocketed. Surveillance and other investigative operations are monitoring the online community to ferret out the production, dissemination and receipt of […]

The World – and the Legal Profession – Waits and Watches in the Trayvon Martin Case

For the better part of the last seven weeks, America has been riveted by the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old African-American male, gunned down in Sanford, Florida, by “neighborhood watchman” George Zimmerman. Trayvon’s death and the circumstances surrounding the shooting has led to countless marches supporting Trayvon’s family; heated debate […]

The Amanda Knox Case: Could What Happened In Italy Have Happened Here?

“I am not who they say I am.  I am innocent!”  These were the words of Amanda Knox standing before an Italian Appeals court in Perugia, Italy after having been convicted two years earlier in the sexual assault and murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher.  For the four years prior, Amanda Knox sat in an […]

The Nassau Crime Lab: Can the Public Ever Trust Police-Run Crime Labs – or the System – Again?

Yesterday’s Newsday cover story revealed a disturbing twist to the already-disturbing situation with the police-run Nassau County Crime Lab.  Documentation shows us that problems at the crime lab date back to 2003 – including two letters written in 2006 from then-state Division of Criminal Justice Services Commissioner to then-Nassau Police Commissioner — addressing “fifteen findings” […]

Inadvertant Possession of Child Pornography

In our age of technological advancement, the Internet has become a driving force behind the widespread dissemination of child pornography.  In particular, Peer-to-peer networks (such as Limewire)—a platform for sharing digitally formatted files—have come under scrutiny for unintentionally providing a medium for the illegal distribution of child porn. There are times where the justice system […]

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