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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 [...]

Cuba and Communism

2019-06-06T12:09:07-04:00Uncategorized|

I am not a communist. I have been raised to believe that communism is not a form of government that I wish to live under. Maybe it was because of indoctrination. I am not sure. I have always believed that the harder you work, the more you will prosper. My father had an 8th grade [...]

A Dilemma of Hope

2019-05-03T13:29:59-04:00Uncategorized|

We see TV images of thousands of people coming from Central America toward the United States border. They all have one thing in common. They want the freedom and opportunity that is present in this country that is not present in their country. They want to work, feed their family, get an education and have [...]

Why can’t we all just get along???

2019-02-05T11:35:32-04:00Uncategorized|

It seems like every day the American public is bombarded with the acrimonious dealings between the Republicans and Democrats in our government. If one side wants something, the other does not. If something positive is proposed, the other side shoots it down. Neither side want the other side to succeed. The ultimate result, of course, is that [...]

Are trials truly a search for the truth?

2018-12-05T14:02:07-04:00Uncategorized|

I have heard it said that trials are a search for the truth. Unfortunately, that could not be further from the actual truth. What I mean is that it is the perception of truth that the jury comes to accept that counts. The ultimate, or God's truth, takes a backseat to advocacy. For example, a [...]

THE DEATH OF DIGNITY

2018-10-10T14:05:53-04:00Uncategorized|

There will be no winners in the confirmation process of  Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Americans were shown the true colors of our two-party system miserably at work. Mudslinging is too kind of a term to use in describing "the search for the truth."  It seems that the "agenda" of the parties takes precedence over fairness, civility and downright professional conduct. Senators were seen trying their best to get their fifteen minutes of fame before a national audience in the hopes that [...]

Taking blood in DUI crash cases

2018-09-11T08:45:42-04:00Uncategorized|

      In Birchfield v. North Dakota, 136 S. Ct. 2160 (2016) the United States Supreme Court ruled that warrants were necessary to extract blood from a motorist involved in DUI crash cases where someone was injured.  Although some exceptions exist, this changed the way police obtained blood to determine alcohol content.  However, more recently, Florida’s [...]

STAND YOUR GROUND

2018-08-08T11:20:43-04:00Uncategorized|

Much has been said lately about the "stand your ground" law. There are some misconceptions that the public has concerning its applicability. Some people believe that the law allows a person to use deadly force in any situation where they are not the aggressor. If they are the victim of a simple battery, they believe that [...]

U.S. Supreme Court rules a warrant is required for cell tower data

2018-07-05T14:27:27-04:00Uncategorized|

Recently, the United States Supreme Court in Carpenter v. United States (June 28, 2018) ruled that law enforcement must apply for a warrant to obtain the cell tower records of a citizen to establish what the court termed "a virtual timeline and map of a person’s whereabouts — information that is detailed, encyclopedic, and effortlessly compiled".  The opinion extends the [...]