Yearly Archives: 2019


Sorry, but the Brits do it better…


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


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


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


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


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


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???


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 [...]

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