A Laborious Labor Day

I received 2000 pages of discovery and a bunch of DVDs for a First Degree Murder Case. Problem is I got all this stuff three days before the pre-trial date. I had to give away my hogs tickets and forgo any Labor Day celebrations. It was worth it. After a contested hearing several people followed ...

Valentine’s Day – Public Defenders Get Love & You Get Lawyer Hiring Advice

On a typical day I will field four or five calls from folks trying to get advice that I know have every intention of using a public defender.  I feel for these people.  Many times they are calling me because they have not spoken to their assigned public defender yet.  I’ve never been a public defender, ...

The Online Black Market: An Introduction

Prior to the Healthcare.gov debacle, stories about Snowden and the NSA collecting folks’ information were more prominent in the news. As a privacy advocate who tinkers with technology, I naturally followed these stories. When I was searching for a distribution of Linux to use for security testing I came across articles discussing online black markets ...

Dispelling an Entrapment Myth: I Was Framed!

Dispelling an Entrapment Myth:  I Was Framed!
This is really just an excuse to use this picture of when I got this person to stick his head through a picture frame, but let’s start with a scenario. You are browsing the Internet and you decide to respond to something that could potentially be illegal. Let’s say it is an ad on Craigslist ...

Translating Courtroom Pictures…

I guarantee that when you, I, and Fox News look at this, we all three see different things. Using my magic criminal defense attorney divining rod I can actually tell what is going on though, here’s how it begins: Gucci: “Oh shit. Everything about this process is totally foreign to me. Even my wonder bread ...

Best Legal or Criminal Defense Shows (Part 1)

I was having some pizza at Vino’s and Law and Order: Criminal Intent was on. You may assume I like this show because it is ostensibly related to what I do. You know what they say about assuming though. Frankly, most legal or criminal shows absolutely bore me or even get me riled up with ...

Do it Live: the Art of Criminal Defense

Bill O’Reilly famously yelled at his Fox News crew “[expletive deleted] I’LL DO IT LIVE.”   Bill was annoyed due to a technical failure, I cannot remember if it was a teleprompter or a recording.  In any event, I feel like I am in this position a lot during the work week. Arkansas has 75 ...