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From @CrimeADay : 18 USC §1865, 36 CFR §13.920(a)&(c) make it a crime to get within 300yds of a bear in Denali Nat'l park, but not if a park ranger makes you.

SEC's In-House Judges Not Too Tough A Review Shows (DealBook) -  The Dodd-Frank Act allowed the Securities and Exchange Commission to bring almost any claim that it can file in a federal court before its own administrative law judges. The agency has since taken up this power against a panoply of inside traders and others accused of securities fraud.  Many targets of S.E.C. administrative law enforcement actions have sued on the grounds of equal protection, due process and separation of powers, seeking to require the agency to bring its claims to court, if at all.

New Delay In Steven Cohen SEC Case (USA Today) - The recent Department of Justice decision to seek Supreme Court review of a precedent-setting ruling on insider trading has prompted a new delay in a related case against former SAC hedge fund executive Steven Cohen.  The Securities and Exchange Commission administrative proceeding against Cohen, a billionaire trading executive often ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the world's richest individuals, has been stayed until Nov. 30, according to an SEC order filed late Friday.

244 Immigrants Busted In California Crackdown (LA Times) - More than 240 people were taken into federal custody last week across Southern California after a four-day sweep for immigrants with criminal records in the country illegally, authorities announced Monday.  The enforcement action ended Thursday with 244 foreign nationals in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement — the majority of them with at least one felony conviction on their record, authorities said.

Man Pleads Guilty In Rhino Smuggling Case (Marin IJ) -  The accomplice of a Mill Valley man awaiting trial in Nevada on charges he sold horns from an endangered black rhinoceros to an undercover federal agent has pleaded guilty to violating federal wildlife-protection laws.  The accomplice, Lumsden Quan, 46, a San Francisco art dealer, is scheduled to be sentenced in a Las Vegas federal court in December. He pleaded guilty Aug. 21.  When Quan was arrested in March 2014, he told government agents that he was recruited by Edward N. Levine, 63, of Mill Valley and worked under his direction.

Harsher Sentences Remain In Peanut Case (Food Safety) - Harsher sentences could be imposed in three weeks if the trial judge in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case decides that the defendants were conscious, or accepting, of reckless risk of death or bodily injury in committing the crimes they stand convicted of by a jury.  U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands has signaled that his decision is coming shortly on whether the defendants will get a “two level” increase under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Judge Acquits Attorney On Charge He Coached Witness To Lie (Chicago Tribune) - Chicago attorney Beau Brindley won the most important case of his life Monday — his own.  In a trial that was closely watched by Chicago's legal community, a federal judge acquitted the longtime criminal defense attorney of charges he coached witnesses to perjure themselves in five criminal cases and obstructed justice in one other by filing misleading court documents.  Announcing the verdict after a two-week bench trial, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber also found Brindley's law partner, Michael Thompson, not guilty of all counts.

Bipartison Senators Set To Announce Prison Reforms (Daily Signal) When Congress returns from recess early next month, lawmakers will face a bevy of partisan-infused battles on issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, Planned Parenthood, and government funding.  But along with the bickering, there will also likely be harmony—and action—on an issue uniting both sides of the aisle and even President Obama: criminal justice reform.  Soon after lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8, a bipartisan group of members on the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to announce a deal meant to relieve the overcrowded federal prison population.

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