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The United States of America v Howard O. Kieffer 1

The popularity of the Internet for online shopping continues to grow. The advancement of mobile devices such as smart phones has only boosted that fact, as more and more people do their shopping on the world's largest media channel due to its convenience and in many cases more competitive prices that are offered in comparison to brick and mortar sales outlets.

Based on a number of research studies, approximately twenty-seven percent of the more than 6.5 billion consumers living on the planet do some form of shopping by use of the Internet. This amount increases during the holiday season and reaches close to sixty percent of the United States market, according to a study by MarketLive and E-Tailing Group, two companies that specialize in E-commerce marketing.

In addition to shopping for goods, many individuals use the Internet to look for professional services such of those offered by doctors and lawyers.

If you were to conduct an Internet search, seeking a criminal defense attorney for purposes of representation between the years of 2004 and 2008 it is very likely that Howard O. Kieffer would be returned as one of the many search results you would have to choose from.

And if you clicked on the link to his (cached version) Website and checked his qualifications you might be impressed by what you read.

Clicking on the Firm Profile page (cached version) you would find that his practice is defined by "Federal Defense Associates advises defense counsel and their clients throughout the United States. The Firm specializes in pre-plea, sentencing guideline and post-conviction issues, including an extensive Bureau of Prisons advocacy practice."

Listed below that caption, you would read that the practice operates in all jurisdictions' of the country. By reading the sub-header, you would then view the words "Exclusively Engaged in Advising Defense Counsel in All Circuits."

A list of the types of defenses Mr. Kieffer is familiar with and assumed to practice in is listed below.

At the bottom of the page it clearly states that "Mr. Kieffer has served on the faculty of programs sponsored by the United States Sentencing Commission, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Association of Federal Defense Attorneys (AFDA), United States Parole Commission and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)."

Further reading the footer of the page you would also find out that Mr. Kieffer "serves as the Editor and Moderator of the internet Yahoo! Group BOPWatch at:, which still appears to be active and on the site asks to "Please chip in a few bucks and help maintain BOPWatch."

The footer concludes with contact information shown as Federal Defense Associates, Santa Ana, California, a phone and fax number and an email contact addresses going to Below that are links to two other Websites, and Finishing off the page is a full-sized logo stating National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) membership.

Reading through the Website, in the instance that you had a friend or loved one who had been incarcerated due to being found guilty of any charge throughout the Country, you may believe that an advocate that could help may have been found through your Internet search results.

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