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Forensic Science?

I just downloaded a copy of the 254 page report by the National Academy of Sciences on the state of forensic sciences in the United States. Entitled, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, the report is must reading for criminal defense lawyers. Press accounts and blog...

Skull and Bones: Let's Open the Doors

Our youngest son went to Yale, graduating with a slew of honors a year ago. Of course we are proud of him, but, when the lights are out, and the animals are all down for the night, we would sometimes wonder about him.
"Do you think he is?" my wife would wonder.
"I don’t know. I...

Beware The Prospective Fallacy

Trial lawyers are story tellers. To cynics, that means lawyers make up stories that serve the interest of their clients. Popular fiction is filled with lawyers who lie, cheat and steal to get ahead. On this view, trial lawyers are no better than, let's say, bankers or coal executives. Truth is...

The Parable Project: The Doorkeeper

The parable of the doorkeeper is found in Mark's Gospel, chapter 13:34-36.
"[For the Son of man is] as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
" Watch ye therefore: for ye know not...

Big Brother As Cookie Monster?

I'm generally well behind the curve on most issues. Were these truly medieval times, my shield would bear the image of Hegel's Owl of Minerva, which, famously, settles only at dusk. But a friend passed along the following interview with Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier...

Buying Justice in West Virginia

"When you've got to choose between a guy who released a pedophile and a coal executive, it's a tossup," the man said. He thinks he's being a wiseass. Of course, you'd choose the law-abiding coal executive. Wouldn't you?
The man in question is a tough-talking West Virginian named Don L....

A New Internet?

Much though I love freedom of speech, the more raucous and unrestrained the better, I also favor the creation of a new Internet. Even if it is a so-called "gated community" where folks must assume an identity to participate. The Internet now resembles a giant libidinal bubble, where anyone can...

Pietro Brnwa: Remember This Name

Our youngest son is an aspiring doctor, starting a M.D./Ph.D. program this summer. So my wife and I read medical fiction and books about young doctors. I suppose we are afraid we'll run out of things to talk about with him. When a young doctor confronts crime, I am in seventh heaven. My son and I...

A Day Trip To Hell ...

Waiting for a verdict in a criminal case is the closest I expect to get to Hell. That is not because I hope to ascend to Heaven at death. I simply don't believe in an afterlife. So today I suffer for sins committed in the past. But whose sins?
My client is accused of manslaughter as to her own...

... And The Gods Smiled

My client was acquitted today of all counts relating to the state's claim that she drove while intoxicated. She was convicted of one count arising from the jury's conclusion that one child was not in a mandated booster seat for a child under 60 pounds in weight. It is a good day.
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