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Electronic Transmission of Certain Visual Material Depicting Minor

ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF CERTAIN VISUAL MATERIAL DEPICTING MINOR is a Texas offense, described in the Texas Penal Code Section 43.261 as follows: ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF CERTAIN VISUAL MATERIAL DEPICTING MINOR. (a) In this section: (1) “Dating relationship” has the meaning assigned by Section 71.0021, Family Code. (2) “Minor” means a person …

Certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography

Federal Code Section 18 U.S.C. § 2252A criminalizes “certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography” as follows: (a) Any person who— (1) knowingly mails, or transports or ships using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by …

Sexual Exploitation of Children

Sexual Exploitation of Children is a Federal Criminal Offense described in 18 U.S.C. § 2251  as follows: (a) Any person who employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any minor to engage in, or who has a minor assist any other person to engage in, or who transports any minor in …

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The Scope of Federal Criminal Law and the Power of U.S. Attorneys

Jim Schutze of the Dallas Observer wrote an interesting piece in which he said: Here is the bitter truth. Let’s say you truly believe you are absolutely innocent. OK. That answers Question 1. Question 2 is this: Are you an absolutely innocent person who can get an acquittal from a jury …

Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds

18 U.S.C. §666 describes the offense of “Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds. This is one of the offenses that counts as fraud under 18 U.S.C. 371 (Conspiracy to Commit Offense or to Defraud United States). One of the highlights of interpreting this statute is the use of the …

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Conspiracy to Commit Offense or to Defraud United States

U.S. Attorneys frequently use this statute to up the ante on the federal criminal defendants. This offense is actually a separate charge from the underlying fraud, but the underlying offense does not necessarily even have to be carried out in order for this charge to stick. All that is required is …

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Possession, Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography

Federal offenses related to possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography are described in: 18 U.S. Code § 2252 This section of United States federal criminal code is actually entitled “Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors” and is very complex. Child pornography charges are somewhat …

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Bribery of Public Officials and Witnesses

Bribery of Public Officials and Witnesses is a federal crime described in the United States Code at: 18 U.S. Code § 201 Note that this crime includes jurors in the definition of “public offficals”! There is an intent element to this charge, and also there is a restriction to “anything of …