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, ...

A Technique Used to Extract True (and False) Confessions

The “Reid Technique” has been used to extract true and false confessions from suspects in police custody. When an unredacted FBI manual on interogation techniques was mistakenly released to the Library of Congress in 2013, it was revealed that the FBI used the “Reid Technique.” Most if not all American and Arkansas law enforcement organizations ...

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 ...

New Associate Attorney

We’ve been staying awful busy lately. That is fine, but I don’t want to get to where I don’t have enough time to do the extras that make you a zealous advocate. It is a constant balance act. We want to charge reasonable rates, yet we want to be able to run our own investigations. ...

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 ...

Most Boring, Generic Attorney Commercial Ever

Most Boring, Generic Attorney Commercial Ever
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How to Defend Aaron Hernandez

If you believe internet commentators, Aaron Hernandez is guilty and that’s all there is to it.  I see numerous opportunities for a defense attorney to make arguments to create reasonable doubt in this situation.  (Even cases close to me like the West Memphis Three, unless I read the whole file – I have no opinion, ...