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Twitter, Evidence, Privacy and Social Media

By Hayes Hunt and Brian Kint A recent case, albeit one dealing with a governmental subpoena, shows that the SCA may not be the panacea that social networking sites think it is. In People v. Harris, Twitter sought to quash

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Prosecution’s Use of Social Media Research

By Hayes Hunt and Brian Kint All of this goes to show that the use of social media in judicial proceedings is not a one way street. Law enforcement and prosecutors are increasingly utilizing social networking sites to build their

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Bitcoin and Regulation of Digital Currency: Cash 2.0

By Hayes Hunt and Arthur Fritzinger On July 31, as an act of protest against an order to share a trial court’s award for the wrongful death of his son with others injured in the same traffic accident, an Illinois

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Judge Rejects Aaron Swartz’s Estate’s Request to Release Names of Individuals Involved in his Prosecution

By Hayes Hunt and Calli Varner Recently, a federal judge rejected Aaron Swartz’s estate’s request to release the names of the individuals involved in Swartz’s criminal prosecution.  Aaron Swartz became the subject of media attention earlier this year when he

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Court Expands Reach of Anti-Bribery Statute – Lawful Lobbying, Corrupt Bribery & Implicit Quid Pro Quo

By Hayes Hunt and Jeffrey Monhait Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in United States v. Ring, No. 11-3100 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 25, 2013), upheld a conviction for bribery under the public sector honest-services fraud

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Innocent but Guilty: “West Memphis 3” Alford Plea

On Friday, 3 men pleaded guilty to first and second-degree murder of 3 children but, minutes later, told the judge they were innocent of the same crime. This unique and rare plea agreement, called an Alford plea, enables a defendant

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Repeat Offender – Community-Based Prosecution

A few months ago, the Philadelphia Criminal Court System underwent a profound change.  The recently-elected Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth Williams, decided to move to a community-based prosecution model.  The theory is that the prosecutors will have a better understanding of

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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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