Category Criminal Law
“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 […]
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.
Hard to tell who to root for in this fight, but the allegations of ex parte contact with a judge are disturbing.
…unless they shoot first. Imagine the kind of mindset that lead to this even being an issue in the first place…
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 […]
The dangers of wrongful arrest, prosecution and/or conviction: Several chilling examples of what can happen.
…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.