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From @CrimeADay16 USC §§707, 718j & 50 CFR §91.14 make it a federal crime to enter computer generated art in the Federal Duck Stamp contest.

RJR Nabisco Ruling Bolsters Justice Department's Pursuit Of Fifa (DealBook)The government may not always get what it wants from the Supreme Court, but federal prosecutors received exactly what they asked for last week when the justices decided in a case involving RJR Nabisco, the food and tobacco conglomerate, how far the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, applies to foreign conduct.   For the Justice Department, the ruling means that its pursuit of corruption inside FIFA, the organization that oversees international soccer, can move forward without any concern that the charges might not be a permissible use of federal law.

Search Underway For Missing Wine Collection Down Under (ABC News)Dozens of prestigious wine collections with a value of more than $5 million have gone missing from the New South Wales Hunter region.  Police said the company holding the wine, Wine Investment Services, went into receivership in 2013 and while other assets were seized, the wine was not surrendered to liquidators.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's Fraud and Cybercrime squad were investigating the disappearance of the valuable collections and believe the wine may have been stolen.

New York Judge Admits To Taking Bribes (Buffalo News)Former State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to taking a bribe and filing a false instrument in a case involving political operative G. Steven Pigeon.  Michalek admitted in court that he solicited and accepted help from Pigeon, including two box seats to a Sabres hockey game as well as $1,000 to a political fundraiser. Michalek also resigned from his $193,000-a-year judicial post he has held for almost two decades.  Dressed in a black suit and a red tie,  he appeared before State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr. of Syracuse, a judge from outside the Eighth Judicial District who is now assigned to the case. In pleading guilty to a felony count of receiving a bribe in the third degree and incorrect filing in the first degree, Michalek read from a pre-written statement.

Man Sentenced For Smuggling Military Gear Through Delaware (do)A man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his part in smuggling high-tech U.S. equipment used for military operations overseas from New Castle, an official with the Department of Justice said.  Kan Chen, 26, of Ningbo, China, in Zhejiang Province, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations, attempting to violate the Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

JPMorgan Accused Of Double Standard On Broker Poaching (Bloomberg)JPMorgan Chase & Co. is of two minds about poaching brokers: It can hire whomever it wants from competitors, but many of its own brokers are off-limits.  It’s a position that is testing the boundaries of the so-called Protocol for Broker Recruiting, a decade-old agreement among hundreds of brokerages that’s meant to minimize litigation when advisers defect. JPMorgan and a dozen or so other members of the pact are increasingly claiming exceptions to its rules, and they’ve filed suit to stop some brokers from leaving and taking clients with them.

President Obama Nominates Former Public Defender For DC Superior Court (WhiteHouse.gov)Today, President Obama nominated Jason D. Tulley to serve on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  “I am pleased to nominate Jason D. Tulley to serve on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia,” said President Obama. “I am confident he will serve the District of Columbia with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”  Jason D. Tulley: Nominee for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia:  Jason D. Tulley has served in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia since 2003, where he currently serves as the Training Director, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to that, he served as Special Counsel, where he headed the organization’s Forensic Practice Group, focusing on litigation of science issues, including DNA evidence, fingerprints, and the psychology of eyewitness identification.

Two Georgia Real Estate Investors Plead Guilty To Bid Rigging (Investing.com)Two real estate investors in Georgia pleaded guilty to federal charges on Wednesday that they conspired in a comprehensive bid-rigging scheme in an effort to defraud homeowners and mortgage holders at public foreclosure auctions over a five-year period dating back to 2008.   As part of their guilty pleas, Michael Stock and Jon Stovall Jr. admitted to conspiring with other real estate investors to not bid against each other at a host of public real estate foreclosure auctions in the late 2000s. According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Stock admitted to participating in the conspiracy in Fulton and DeKalb counties from August 2009 through November, 2011, while Stovall admitted to participating in the scheme in Fulton County from October 2008 until January, 2012. In total, 20 defendants in Georgia have been charged

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