Category Criminal Law

How Can Lawyers Represent Guilty People?

“How can you represent guilty people?” is a question I get from time-to-time from non-lawyer friends, or even lawyer friends who don’t do criminal defense work. The short answer is, “I don’t decide who’s guilty; juries do.” The long answer is, after fifteen years of this I’ve represented a fair number of people who “everyone […]

Prison Abuse In Mississippi

More shocking allegations of prisoner abuse and neglect. Let’s be clear: this has NOTHING to do with being “tough on crime” and everything to do with being brutal and inhumane.

War Between McLennan County District Attorney and Waco Police Department

Hard to tell who to root for in this fight, but the allegations of ex parte contact with a judge are disturbing.

DPS Announces It Will No Longer Shoot People from Helicopters…

…unless they shoot first.  Imagine the kind of mindset that lead to this even being an issue in the first place…

A Double Standard on Bail Bonds

Disturbing article from the Guardian (UK) on the use of excessive bail to force criminal defendants to accept plea bargains.  In America.  The country where “reasonable bail” is a Constitutional right.  This story focuses on New York but comes as no surprise to any lawyer who has dealt with the criminal justice system.  Here in […]

Who Watches the Watchmen?

The dangers of wrongful arrest, prosecution and/or conviction:  Several chilling examples of what can happen.

Yet Another Reason Why Direct Partisan Election of Judges Is A BAD Idea…

…Judge Cynthia Brim of Illinois was recently re-elected (as a Democrat) despite facing assault charges.  Now, she will retake the bench after she was found NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY.