ICYMI: Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and the Art of the (plea) Deal

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Within a span of a couple weeks, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort both pleaded guilty to fraud charges in federal court. The two men’s plea agreements were widely discussed by the media, giving the public a look into the federal justice system. The situation is like being able to review Amazon’s most recent settlement agreements.

For lawyers, there must be some important and tactical information included in those agreements, right?

Check out my recent column in the Indiana Lawyer that breaks down Cohen’s and Manafort’s deals and what lawyers can glean from them. (Spoiler alert: Nobody walks away from plea negotiations with the United States with a great deal.)

ICYMI: Sounding Out Our Criminal Justice System

If you are looking for a captivating and informative podcast to listen to during your commute or workout, I highly recommend a series of podcasts discussing the criminal justice system by Preet Bharara, the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara interviewed a high-profile criminal defense attorney, a defendant convicted of insider training, and the former U.S. Attorney in Chicago about what it is like to be involved in the inner workings of a criminal case.

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