Being convicted of a white collar crime can have serious consequences the defendant likely never imagined. Recently, a youth baseball coach in Louisiana pleaded guilty to securities fraud, money laundering and felony theft after being accused of running a Ponzi scheme.
Being charged with a drug crime is intimidating enough, but when state and federal authorities work together to compile evidence over a lengthy period of time, the person charged with a crime will need an especially strong criminal defense. That is the case for 18 individuals in Louisiana who were arrested and charged with serious drug crimes last month.
It's been almost 17 years since former football great O.J. Simpson was tried for murder, and now one of the prosecutors claims that the "bloody glove" was deliberately tampered with by Simpson's defense team. The glove was considered one of the most important pieces of evidence in the case. Simpson's attorney, the late Johnny Cochran, famously told jurors, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Simpson was not able to pull it over his hand, a shocking development for the prosecution which all but derailed the case.
Most of the time prosecutors are worried that they don't have enough evidence to convict. An alleged fugitive drug dealer had so much evidence stacked up against him that federal prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the case because they can't afford to store it any more. The judge obliged.