If you think it is illegal for a sitting governor to accept $175,000 in loans, various gifts and other benefits from an individual trying to obtain assistance from the state in building his business, you would be dead wrong -- at least according to a Supreme Court decision from last summer titled McDonnell v. United States.
This case, which was featured in the New York Times, serves as a prime example of why the special prosecutor law in New York must be reformed. Here, an attorney who had been criticized by an appellate court for his prior performance as a special prosecutor was, inexplicably, again appointed to that role, this time to investigate purported campaign improprieties in a 2009 City Council election in Staten Island. The request for a special prosecutor by the Staten Island District Attorney and the reasons therefor remain under seal. The selection process for how this particular lawyer was chosen similarly remains hidden from view. Transparency in the selection process should be the first step toward reform.
It's tax season, and with only two weeks until the dreaded Tax Day is upon us, it is time to discuss two different tax offenses that often get confused for one another. Tax negligence and tax fraud are two terms that get thrown around when the month of April rolls around. So what's the difference between the two and what do you need to know about these particular cases?