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Memories of a Murder

DNA evidence exonerated six convicted killers. So why do some of them recall the crime so clearly? http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/06/19/remembering-the-murder-you-didnt-commit/amp

From East Ridge paper route to Malibu lawyer, Robert Barnes shows legal, political pundit skills

Thump. Thump. Thump. That was the rhythmic sound that Robert Barnes remembers from the early dawn hours of his early childhood mornings. That was the sound the bundled Chattanooga Times would make as they hit the sidewalks and driveways of the East Lake homes while four-year old Robert Barnes rode alongside his father, Walter, who…Read More

Did Obama spy on Trump?

It isn’t out of the question. The former president’s administration wiretapped journalists and spied on Congress. (Photo: Michael Reynolds, epa) So President Trump set off a firestorm over the weekend with a series of tweets alleging that Obama had tapped Trump Tower. But getting hung up on imprecise language in the president’s tweets isn’t the…Read More

Yes, There Could Be Serious Legal Problems if Obama Admin Involved in Illegal Surveillance

President Trump recently tweeted claiming that former President Obama wiretapped him during his campaign. One can only imagine how nuts the media would have gone if the roles had been reversed: President Trump wiretapping either Obama or the Clintons, though his DOJ could have authority to do just that given the expansive leaks of intelligence information by Obama…Read More

Civil Rights attorney Robert Barnes wins big betting Trump.

Chattanooga native hits jackpot betting on Trump win November 20th, 2016 by Millicent Smith Robert Barnes is interviewed by reporters while representing actor Wesley Snipes in a 2011 tax evasion case. Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. While most Chattanoogans were placing their votes on Election Day, one Chattanooga native was placing his bets….Read More

Is Access Hollywood’s ‘Trump Tape’ Proof NBC Committed a Crime Against Trump?

Did Trump know he was being recorded? If not, a hot mic can be a criminal act in California, and NBC potentially liable. California Penal Code 632 criminalizes any person who “without the consent of all parties” records their conversations. California Penal Code 637.2 specifically authorizes the right of the person whose privacy was invaded…Read More

IRS Cuts Deal With Private Debt Collectors

The IRS is not the only one to watch out for anymore, it’s hired a posse.   In recent years, the IRS’s delinquent collection rate has been abysmal. As the IRS’s performance continues to wane, the IRS just selected four private debt collection agencies to collect overdue tax debts that the IRS is not actively…Read More

IRS to eliminate over 7000 jobs by 2024

Things are shaking up at the IRS. As part of its efforts to reduce staffing by at least 8 percent, the 84,000-person agency plans on eliminating more than 7000 jobs associated with processing paper tax returns by 2024. Given the rise of tax returns being e-filed, these paper return processing, aka “submission processing,” jobs, particularly…Read More

Is Bitcoin Money or Property? Federal courts & IRS positions diverge.

While the cryptocurrency Bitcoin is intended to be a type of currency used in lieu of or in addition to money, the IRS and courts have yet to agree. Two months ago, in a money laundering case involving virtual currency, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Ponder ruled that Bitcoin is not money, especially as it is…Read More

Fear: A legitimate reason to flee police?

The United States Supreme Court has long held that nervousness, evasive behavior, or headlong flight, are individual factors in determining reasonable suspicion.[1] To put in laymen’s terms, the United States Supreme Court has said that running from the police is enough to indicate that you are doing something worth investigating.  That is startling for those of…Read More

SNIPES FACED 16 YEARS IN PRISON UNTIL BARNES' DEFENSE LED THE JURY TO CLEAR SNIPES OF SERIOUS TAX CHARGES. HE IS THE THIRD CLIENT OF BARNES' WHO OBTAINED A STUNNING MAJOR OUTCOME WHERE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FAILED TO WIN CONVICTIONS.

The New York Times

February 2
"Wesley Snipes cleared of serious charges"

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