The Cosby Guilty Verdict: Other Bad Acts and the Power of Repetition

For victims of sexual assault who are coming forward with their allegations of wrongdoing, proof of the accused’s other “bad acts” has made it clear that there is truly strength in numbers – that is, the more victims coming forward about the bad acts of a specific person being accused, the more likely that the victims will be believed. For the person accused of the wrongdoing, a wise plan of action is to attempt to exclude as many instances of these other “bad acts” as possible. Whether you are a victim or the accused, an understanding of this environment is critical to navigating it successfully, and that includes knowing what other “bad acts” evidence is.


On Thursday, April 26, 2018, comedian Bill Cosby, who played Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” was found guilty of three counts of Aggravated Indecent Assault and faces up to 30 years in prison. Aggravated Indecent Assault used to be known more commonly as rape. This was the second jury trial in Cosby’s matter. Last year, a jury did not come to a unanimous verdict; on April 26, 2018, a different jury did. The two trials involved the same facts and the same accuser (Andrea Constand); but for the proof of other “bad acts” evidence, it was the same case.

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Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon: Maximum Sentence of 10 Years, with Government Requesting 96 Months in Prison; Result: 66 months (1/3 less than Government’s request) in the Bureau of Prisons!

Our client was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois. He was charged with having a loaded firearm, including full ammunition, in his home while being a convicted felon and a lifelong member of a notorious Chicago street gang. Federal agents raided his Englewood home and found packaged marijuana and a loaded Taurus firearm hidden inside. Our client was then arrested.

In the federal criminal system, the charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon is a serious charge that carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison. But the statute is only one part of the sentencing parameters; a complex calculation is made under the United States Sentencing Guidelines to determine, based on the offense itself and the defendant’s criminal background, what sentencing range is advisable. There is also a plea agreement in place that allows both sides to argue for whatever they choose. The Guidelines are advisory, but most judges still sentence within the Guidelines. Continue reading

Wigell Criminal Defense-Representing Individuals Charged on the Federal Level

Wigell Criminal Defense has represented clients charged in Federal District Court for over 41 years. The Federal Criminal Court System is significantly different from state court. When a client is charged with a Federal Criminal Matter, he/she should be represented by an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.

Additionally, when a client is under investigation by a Federal Law Enforcement Agency and no charges have been filed at that time, it is crucial for a client to have an attorney representing him/her at this stage. Having an attorney at this stage may mitigate or even avoid Federal Criminal Charges all together. Examples of the Federal Law Enforcement Agencies that WCD has interacted with include:

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

Secret Service (SS)

Internal-Revenue Service-Criminal-Investigation-Division (IRS-CID)

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

U.S. Postal Inspectors (USPI)

United States Department of Labor Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations

International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

Wigell Criminal Defense is currently representing clients under investigation and charged with the following federal crimes:

Sex Trafficking (18 U.S.C § 1591)

Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking (18 U.S.C. § 1594)

Conspiracy to Commit Transportation to Engage in Prostitution (18 U.S.C. § 371)

Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. § 1956)

Conspiracy to Use A Communication Facility to Promote Prostitution (18 U.S.C. § 371)

Identity Theft (18 U.S.C §1028(a))

Postal Theft (18 U.S.C § 1708)

Possession of a Controlled Substance (21 U.S.C. 841)

Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (21 U.S.C § 841)

Possession of Child Pornography (18 U.S.C § 1952)

Distribution of Child Pornography (21 U.S.C § 843)

Tax Evasion (26 U.S.C § 7201)

Tax Fraud (26 U.S.C § 7201)

Counterfeiting and Forgery (18 U.S.C § 25)

Insurance Fraud (18 U.S.C § 1956)

Possession of Firearm in Interstate Commerce (18 U.S.C § 922)

Fraud (18 U.S.C § 47)

Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C § 1343)

UCB Fraud (31 USC §3729)

Interstate Commerce of Contraband (15 U.S.C § 715(b))

Transportation of Child Pornography (18 U.S.C § 2252)

Receipt of Child Pornography (18 USC § 2252A)

Distribution of Child Pornography (21 U.S.C § 843)

Possession of Child Pornography (18 U.S.C § 1952)

Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance (21 U.S.C § 846)

Manufacturing and Delivery of Heroin >500 grams (18 U.S.C § 841)

Brandishment of a Firearm in Furtherance of Violence (18 U.S.C § 2241)

Felon Possession of a Weapon (18 U.S.C § 2241)

RICO (Rackateering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act) (18 U.S.C § 96)

Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C § 1343)

Conspiracy to Access or Caused to be Accessed a Protected Computer (18 U.S.C § 1030)

Fraud (18 U.S.C § 47)

Postal Theft (18 U.S.C § 1708)

Filing A False Tax Return (26 U.S.C § 7206(2))

Medicaid Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 287)

Copyright Infringement (17 U.S.C. § 506(a))

Conspiracy to Commit Federal Program Bribery (18 U.S.C § 371)

Conspiracy to Commit Extortion (18 U.S.C § 1951(a))

Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor (18 U.S.C § 2241)

Theft of Government Funds (18, U.S.C § 641)

Presenting False Claims (18 U.S.C § 287)

Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes (18 U.S.C § 2342)

Federal Corrections Officer Indicted for Making a False Statement to Investigators

Be Aware & BEWARE!

DO NOT fib, fabricate, understate or lie to a federal Law enforcement agent. Calmly but firmly assert you rights to remain silent & have an attorney present during questioning.  Enough said!



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