Emily is one of five attorneys in the area to have just been added to the Criminal Justice Act Panel. After four years of practice in the Federal Courts, she is now taking on her own appointed cases. The CJA cases have been the most rewarding to her throughout her career. Emily is grateful for the opportunity and privilege to represent more indigent defendants.
Currently, local and federal authorities in Georgia are on a mission to "clean up" the prisons. The problem is, rather than attacking the private prison industry itself, they are using undercover agents to set up inmates, both inside and out of the prisons. The effect it is having is that the problems persist, employees remain in poverty which the industry booms, while drug guidelines place harsh penalties on inmates that did nothing more than make an introduction for a government informant.
Strongwater & Associates has several open cases regarding this initiative to clean up the prisons in Georgia. The case of Kevin Patterson is just one.
For more information, watch the interview with Jay Strongwater here.
Before his sentencing hearing, Hamza Bendelladj, also known as Bx1, caused quite the international commotion. Having created a cult following in the hacking world, he had entire websites dedicated to his release from custody.
Since his sentencing, word has gotten around that there are challenges to his guideline calculations pending in the 11th Circuit and reporters from across the globe have contacted Strongwater & Associates about the case. There are articles by Al Jazeera, BBC, and there were even urban legends circulating online about his death.
We are happy to report that Mr. Bendelladj is alive and well and looking forward to his chance to be heard by the 11th Circuit.