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The Internet as Evidence: Authentication & Admissibility of an Active Webpage

By Hayes Hunt and Michael Zabel You want to introduce an active webpage into evidence.  Now what? Courts generally agree that the contents of a website are admissible evidence, so long as those contents are properly authenticated and are not

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Posted in Trial

Rajat Gupta Sentencing – Admissibility of Angry Letters from the Public

By Hayes Hunt and Thomas O’Rourke On Wednesday, Rajat Gupta, former director of Goldman Sachs, will be sentenced for conspiracy and securities fraud in connection with insider trading.  Gupta is requesting a non-custodial sentence, based on his lifetime of good

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Posted in Prosecution & Defense

Fired for “Liking” – Social Media Use at Your Job

By Hayes Hunt and Jillian Thornton Giving your opinion on politics or complaining about the boss to your friends via Facebook is so commonplace and rampant that few people probably stop to think about the consequences of their posting. Less

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Text Messages as Trial Evidence – Authentication

By Hayes Hunt and Michael Zabel Next week, oral argument will be heard in Commonwealth v. Koch, a case in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is confronted with a question that is increasingly important: When to admit a text message

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The Benefits of Criminal Background Screening for Your Company

By Hayes Hunt and Jonathan Cavalier While the EEOC’s position on the use of criminal background checks adds to the time and cost of implementing a screening policy, there remain many benefits to screening potential candidates, including: Screening required by

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Posted in The Client

Criminal Background Screening – Employers & Corporate Counsel

By Hayes Hunt and Jonathan Cavalier So how can employers implement beneficial, effective criminal background screening in their hiring processes while ensuring that they remain in compliance with the law? A few simple steps will go a long way. 1.

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Steve Martin the Juror – New Federal Jury Instructions on Social Media

By Hayes Hunt and Brian Kint Actor Steve Martin, while on jury duty, tweeted the following to 380,000 fans:  “REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: defendant looks like a murderer. GUILTY. Waiting for opening remarks.”  A few hours later, Martin added, “REPORT

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Is “Liking” a Political Candidate on Facebook Free Speech?

By Hayes Hunt and Jillian Thornton The amount of political rhetoric on Facebook is staggering.  People are using Facebook to give you a “play-by-play” of what they think about the November presidential election.  Facebook has recently filed a brief in

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Facebook “Friends”, 4th Amendment Privacy & Probable Cause

By: Hayes Hunt and Brian Kint A recent court decision has added support to the idea that there is no privacy on the internet. In United States v. Meregildo, defendant Melvin Colon moved to suppress evidence seized from his Facebook

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Video Interview: Discussing Twitter and Facebook Subpoenas, Guy Adams with LXBN TV

Following up on the From The Sidebar article co-authored by Jillian Thornton, Hayes Hunt had the opportunity to discuss Twitter and Facebook subpoenas with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN. In the interview, he speaks about when these sites may be forced to turn

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Hayes Hunt concentrates his practice in the representation of individuals, corporations and executives in a wide variety of federal and state criminal law and regulatory enforcement matters as well as complex civil litigation. Hayes is a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department as well as its Criminal Defense and Governmental Investigations Group.
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