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Protests

2020-06-05T16:07:54-04:00Uncategorized|

George Floyd was murdered. Plain and simple. Anyone who would watch that video of someone, civilian or police, occluding the airway of a handcuffed man lying face down on the street for eight minutes, would come to the same conclusion. Premeditated, if you ask me. That case will play out in court. I'll take money [...]

How to Choose the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer

2020-05-18T12:45:21-04:00Uncategorized|

Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . Do you remember the title to this column from the story of Snow White? “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Well let’s change that to “… who is the best criminal defense lawyer of them all?” Have you ever given any thought [...]

How the Coronavirus has affected the practice of law

2020-05-07T13:34:17-04:00Uncategorized|

Law offices were initially declared essential businesses and therefore, in theory, never had to close. Law practices took the same hit as restaurants. In short, the phone stopped ringing. That reality, in part, was caused by people unable or unwilling to leave their homes, they lost their own jobs and had little money to spend. [...]

Testing the Resolve

2020-04-16T14:07:51-04:00Uncategorized|

The coronavirus came upon the world like a tsunami that has yet to reach shore. The impact of the virus was something that none of us would have imagined. Small businesses whose finances were dependent on a steady income were damaged beyond repair. Some of those businesses will never reemerge or thrive again. Families with [...]

Lawyer Advertising

2020-03-11T13:23:09-04:00Uncategorized|

When I began in the practice of law, advertising was prohibited. The most a lawyer could do was to put a small add in the Yellow Pages. But television, radio and billboards were strictly prohibited. When I opened up my law practice in the mid-70s I had no money. I scrounged for enough to commission [...]

The “Trial” of the Century

2020-02-07T12:43:33-05:00Uncategorized|

The United States Senate voted to acquit the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, of charges that amounted to corruption for political benefit. There was no evidence taken and no witnesses called. They merely relied upon what they were told happened in an earlier proceeding before the House of Representatives.  Hearsay.  Plain and [...]

Sorry, but the Brits do it better…

2019-12-03T13:13:40-05:00Uncategorized|

When it comes to advocacy, the British have us beat. You would think that since we patterned our laws after the common law of England, that we would adopt everything that is good about their system. Unfortunately, the American judicial system does not permit advocates to serve both as prosecution and defense counsel (back and [...]

Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

2019-11-04T13:16:08-05:00Uncategorized|

Many people believe that all they have to do is walk into a criminal defense lawyer's office and say "you're hired".  It is not quite as simple as that. There are three factors that go into the attorney/client relationship. First, the client must indeed be comfortable with a lawyer. After all, it is the lawyer who [...]

The questionable value of board certification

2019-08-01T13:35:31-04:00Uncategorized|

I became a board certified criminal trial lawyer the second year it was offered (1988).  I have remained board certified ever since. However, I am becoming more and more disillusioned with the value of board certification. Lawyers are now allowed to say and advertise that they are “experts” even though they are not board-certified. If [...]

Criminal Lawyers and their clients

2019-07-08T10:26:35-04:00Uncategorized|

The late Washington DC lawyer Edward Bennett Williams was once quoted as saying "No physician worthy of the name would turn away a patient because he suffers from a loathsome or incurable disease. No clergyman would turn away a sinner because his sins are too heinous or his soul is to black. Only the lawyer [...]

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