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Feds in Portland Imposing Bond Conditions Prohibiting Protesting

Federal authorities in Portland and other cities have been targeting and arresting protestors and charging them with federal crimes, often petty offenses occurring on federal property. According to a recent article by ProPublica, protestors in Portland being arrested and charged with federal misdemeanors have been subjected to bond conditions prohibiting them from participating in future protests. One order prohibits the defendant from attending "any other protests, rallies, assemblies or public gathering in the state of Oregon." Legal experts have criticized these conditions as violating the First Amendment.

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Updated List of Compassionate Release Grants

Our firm has maintained a running list of compassionate release grants, including those available on Westlaw and other sources. Where available, each listed case includes the name of the facility, the inmate's medical conditions, as well as their sentence and projected release date, so that practitioners can simply search (via Ctrl + F) for cases based on their client's condition or facility. Practitioners can also search "Already Covid-19 Positive" for cases involving inmates who have tested positive or recovered, or search "No Confirmed Cases" for cases involving inmates released from facilities with 0 reported cases.

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DOJ Announces Another String of CARES Act Fraud Charges

Throughout July, the Department of Justice has been announcing an increasing number of prosecutions against individuals accused of "COVID Relief Fraud," also referred to as CARES Act Fraud. Most cases involved the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The past week saw cases brought across the country from California to Florida and included charges for wire fraud, bank fraud, false statements, money laundering, and healthcare fraud.

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Feds Prosecuting Man for Threatening Police On Snapchat

The U.S. Attorney's Office in West Virginia is charging an 18-year-old man with a federal crime based on alleged threats to police officers that he posted on Snapchat, where he posted that he wanted to shoot officers who gave him a citation for a marijuana offense. Prosecutors are charging him with interstate communications containing a threat to injure the person of another under 18 U.S.C. 875(c), which carries up to five years in prison.

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Feds Charge Florida Men Using Their Church to Sell Fake COVID-19 Cure

On July 8, 2020, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of Florida charged a father and his adult sons with criminal violations relating to distribution of misbranded drugs. According to the criminal complaint, the government is alleging that the men operated a church, the "Genesis II Church of Health and Healing," through which they sold and marketed "Miracle Mineral Solution," a bleaching agent that the men allegedly sold as a "miracle cure-all that could treat, prevent, and cure a variety of serious diseases and disorders, including cancer, Alzheimer's, autism, malaria, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS." Most recently, the men promoted Miracle Mineral Solution as a cure for COVID-19.

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