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Criminal Law Keyed to Weaver
United States v. Farraj
Citation:142 F. Supp. 2d 484 (S.D.N.Y. 2001)
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Farraj worked for as a paralegal for a law firm. The law firm was representing the plaintiffs in a case. The law firm had compiled a “trial plan” and only the individuals who were assigned to that particular case had access to the trial plans. Farraj was one of the individuals who was assigned to that particular case. Farraj, allegedly, using an email account emailed an 80 page excerpt of the plan to the defendants’ attorneys and offered to sell the rest of the 400 plus trial plan to the attorneys. An FBI agent posing as on the attorneys negotiated with Farraj and they agreed on a price of two million dollars. Farraj’s brother met with the agent to collect payment and was arrested. Farraj’s brother gave a statement implicating Farraj. The emails sent were sent across state lines.
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