JON KATZ, P.C.
Attorney at Law
HIGHLY EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
HIGHLY-RATED CRIMINAL DEFENSE / DRUNK DRIVING LAWYER /DRUG DEFENSE LAWYER
17 YEARS FIGHTING TIRELESSLY FOR VICTORY FOR CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS
MAIN OFFICE - SILVER SPRING, MD: JON KATZ, P.C., 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 703, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD 20910,
(301) 495-7755/FAX (301) 585-7733, jon[at]katzjustice[dot]com
VIRGINIA BRANCH OFFICE: Jon Katz, P.C., 1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 600, Tysons Corner/ McLean, Fairfax County, Virginia 22102, (703) 917-6626.
HIGHLY-RATED LAWYER, ONE MILE FROM THE NATION'S CAPITAL
JON KATZ IS HIGHLY-RATED THROUGH PEER REVIEWS AND AVVO.COM CLIENT RATINGS, AND
IS REPEATEDLY CONSULTED BY THE NEWS MEDIA:
- AV-RATED by MARTINDALE-HUBBELL LAWYERS DIRECTORY
- WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE'S TOP 800 LAWYERS
-10.0 AVVO RATING
- BAR REGISTER-listed (Criminal Trial and White Collar Crime)
- NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED BY MAJOR MEDIA:
HIGHLY EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
- FELONIES AND MISDEMEANORS IN STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS (TRIALS AND APPEALS)
- DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED / DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE / DWI / DUI / OWI / OUI
- DRUG DEFENSE (ALL DRUGS, INCLUDING COCAINE, MARIJUANA, AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS)
- ALL VIOLENT CRIMES (INCLUDING MURDER, HOMICIDE, ROBBERY, RAPE, AND SEXUAL ASSAULT)
- WHITE COLLAR DEFENSE OF BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS
- OBSCENITY, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY & ONLINE DEFENSE
- IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES OF CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS
STUDENT DISCIPLINE DEFENSE
- COURTS MARTIAL / MILITARY PROSECUTIONS
Practicing Criminal Defense and Drunk Driving/ DUI/ DWI throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, including the state and federal courts in Montgomery County (Rockville and Silver Spring), Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, Arlington County, Alexandria, Prince George's County (Upper Marlboro, Hyattsville, Greenbelt, and Andrews Air Force Base), Howard County (Ellicott City), Frederick County, Anne Arundel County (Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Ft. Meade), Baltimore City, Baltimore County (Towson, Catonsville, Essex), Washington County (Hagerstown), Prince William County (Manassas), and Loudoun County (Leesburg).
Jon Katz has been fighting for criminal defendants since 1991. Jon has advocated for over 2000 criminal defendants, and has defended over one hundred fifty criminal trials to conclusion. He has defended a wide variety of clients, including those accused of murder, sexual assault, drug offenses, child pornography, and drunk driving. JON KATZ, P.C., provides one-stop service to non-citizens, not only to advise them on the immigration risks of certain convictions and sentences, but also for seeking a more immigration-favorable conviction and sentence when the chance of obtaining an acquittal looks too remote to our client.
Criminal defense partner Jon Katz's usual days are consumed with defending ordinary people against a wide range of criminal accusations, slugging it out for the fighting advantage, and defending people against the landmines of injustice. While Jon is particularly familiar with courthouses in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia, he is first and foremost a persuasion lawyer who, like Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, will go "anytime, anywhere" to fight for justice in the state and federal courts throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. For samples of our criminal trial work, click here.
IF ARRESTED OR SUSPECTED, HIRE A LAWYER
Criminal defendants all too often have the mistaken belief that they should plead guilty if they in fact committed a crime. However, it is the prosecutor's legal burden to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt that a criminal defendant is guilty. A criminal defendant has no obligation to admit his or her guilt even if guilty. It is not a lie or crime for a person to plead innocent even if the person thinks he or she committed a crime. "Not guilty" or "innocent" are the essential pleas unless and until a criminal defendant determines -- with the informed advice of a highly competent criminal defense attorney -- that it is a wiser risk to do otherwise. Click here for information on Your Rights and the Police
Jon Katz, P.C.'S APPROACH TO FIGHTING FOR CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS
A person is rarely in more time of need than when s/he is arrested for or suspected of a jailable crime. We go to the mat for our criminal defense clients, with caring, a passion to win, and with partner Jon Katz's many years of in-depth criminal defense experience.
When a client is suspected of a crime, but not yet arrested, we provide our client a full risk analysis, and advise not to speak with law enforcement authorities. We try to make the matter go away either by letting it disappear on its own, or by trying to persuade the investigators and prosecutors that their time on the case is not worthwhile or not justified. If a client learns of a pending arrest warrant, we try to get the warrant removed, or else we can accompany our client to turn himself or herself in, to then argue for immediate release or for the lowest possible bond.
When a client is prosecuted in court, we immediately file essential legal motions and court notices to protect our client's rights, fully investigate the case with our client's input, and fully brainstorm with our client for a winning strategy. We fully prepare our cases to go to trial, assure a full grasp of the governing law, and absorb the evidence (both good and bad) to present our client's case in the most persuasive light.
Because a conviction is a possible outcome of a criminal case -- even for innocent people, unfortunately -- we fully prepare a careful trial record to make a stronger appeal of any conviction; we fully prepare with our clients to fight for the most favorable sentence in the event of a conviction; and we file and argue persuasive motions for sentence reductions. A conviction does not always need to be final, which is why we seek retrials when advisable, file and argue aggressive appeals, and file and argue vigorous post conviction and habeas corpus petitions. For acquittals and dismissals, we file petitions to seal or expunge our clients' public records or their cases.
Since 1991, our Criminal Defense partner Jon Katz
has been battling for criminal defendants
against unjust forces, whether those forces come from police, prosecutors,
lawmakers, judges, jailers, or laypeople who lie to seek convictions. We never
flinch about representing our criminal defense clients, no matter how heinous
the accusations or our clients' apparent actions (and we take very seriously
that our clients are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt). We do not hesitate to visit even the most depressing jails and prisons
(from which we seek our detained clients' release). We visit alleged crime
scenes and essential witnesses regardless of how dangerous or opulent the
neighborhood. We do this because our clients' liberty is on the line, because it
is the only way to obtain justice, because it is our obligation as lawyers and
human beings, because it is the right thing to do, and because we would not have
it any other way.
Jon Katz, P.C. PROVIDES FULL SERVICE TO NON-CITIZEN CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS
Many of our criminal defense clients are not United States citizens. For non-citizens, a conviction means not only possible jail time, but can also mean a risk of deportation, exclusion, and denial or delay of adjustment of status. In such situations, our Criminal Defense partner Jon Katz works closely with our Immigration Law partner Jay Marks to fully strategize for, fight for, and advise our non-citizen criminal defense clients. Please click here for further details.
MEET OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE PARTNER JON KATZ - Never Prosecuted/Never Will
Our Criminal Defense partner Jon Katz early on developed a strong bias for the defense side of criminal law. Police and prosecutors have awesome powers that can be used for good but that also can be severely abused. Let us not forget that police abuse has included brutal beatings of civil rights demonstrators in the South, the killing of Amadou Diallo, and the brutal torture of Abner Louima.
Jon began his criminal defense career in 1991, defending over one thousand indigent criminal defendants with the Maryland Public Defender's Office (1991-96). Public defender work is one of the highest callings a lawyer can fulfill, if the lawyer is able and dedicated to meet the challenge. The ongoing challenge for public defenders is to eliminate underfunding and insufficient resources.
Jon's aptitude for blue collar criminal cases is strongly rooted in his public defender experience. For white collar criminal cases, Jon offers a combination of strong criminal defense experience and financial world experience (Irving Trust Company, Examiner (1985-86); Chubb Insurance, Insurance Assistant (1984); and Shearson/American Express, Intern to Financial Consultant (1983)). Jon has significant regulatory experience rooted in his attorney work with a Washington, D.C., corporate and regulatory law firm (1989-91); and as a law clerk with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (1987). Jon is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1991-present) (Advisory Board Member, Champion Magazine (1996-present)), Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Legal Committee,
WHAT DO CLIENTS SAY ABOUT JON? "Jon and his staff were meticulous, dedicated, and determined to ensure my rights as a citizen were fully maintained during my case. He laid out several scenarios on how things could proceed and stuck to the one that we both felt had the highest likelihood of success of maintaining my innocence - which was the end result. While I was financially constrained, Jon worked with me to ensure I had the best defense I could, which was more than I ever imagined! I keep Jon's card in my wallet and highly recommend him to anyone needing legal services." (From a criminal defense client).
"Jonathan Katz is compassionate and understanding to his people and to his clients. He did not treat me like a number or a dollar sign but instead he is always present and pays attention and he is very professional. I would certainly recommend him to anyone else ." (From a criminal defense client).
"Mr. Katz has provided excellent service at competitive price for my case. Everything went on just as what he described in our initial meeting. I'm so satisfied with the outcome, and I'd strongly recommend this attorney! I really appreciate your effort you put in my case, Jon." (From a criminal defense client).
PAYING FOR Jon Katz, P.C.'S SERVICES
Jon Katz, P.C. strongly believes in charging a fair price for quality criminal defense (click here).
FOR OUR CRIMINAL LAW NEWS COVERAGE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE ARTICLES
Driving While Intoxicated Defense (2000)
Drug Law Questions and Answers (2004- ) - Partner Jon Katz's drug law analyses and views in Overgrow.com's Security & Legal forum.
Fighting for Justice Through Jury Trials (1997)
Fighting Unjust Conviction and Unjust Sentences (2006)
Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Defense
How to Pay for a Quality Lawyer (2003)
In Praise of Sunwolf (2004)
Learning From the Trial Lawyer's College (1997)
Jon Katz, P.C. - Lawyers for Sexual Freedom (2002)
Jon Katz, P.C. Wins Dismissal Of Nightclub Prosecution In Maryland's Highest Court (2002)
Jon Katz, P.C.'s Wins for Criminal Defense (Each case is different (e.g., with a different set of facts, law, and adjudicators), and this listing is by no means meant to indicate the results JON KATZ, P.C., will obtain for future clients. Our goal, of course, is for winning advocacy at every turn).
Mounting the Medical Marijuana Defense (October 17, 2003).
Opposing Embarrassment Sentences (2001)
Opposing Unjust Prosecutions of Political Speech - Jon Katz, P.C.'s pro bono amicus brief for the DC National Lawyers Guild chapter, in Sassower v. U.S.
Opposing Unnecessary Fattening of the Criminal Code (March 2006)
The Plowshares (2000)
Pretrial Preparation on the Road to Victory (2005)
Protecting Immigrants in Criminal Court (2003)
The Sniper Case (2002)
When First Amendment Rights Prevent Criminal Convictions (1995)
Your Rights and the Police (ongoing)
BLOG ENTRIES AFTER OCTOBER 13, 2006, ARE INDEXED HERE.
INDEX OF OCTOBER 2006 UNDERDOG BLOG ENTRIES:
October 15: Underdog Blog has temporarily moved to www.katzjustice.com/blog2/serendipity.
October 13: The U.S. military signals military criminal defense lawyers to pretend to defend.
October 12: When police troll for pedestrians smelling of alcohol.
October 11: Mask crime laws: A lump of coal in the First Amendment's eye.
October 10: Juror misconduct: How common? How to minimize the potential damage?
October 9: Marijuana- Effective medicine for Alzheimer's disease and much more.
October 9: Secret Service arrests man who tells Cheney "I think your policies in Iraq are reprehensible."
October 8: Do music and art make one a better lawyer?
October 8: Does humor make one a better lawyer?
October 8: Does hugging make one a better lawyer?
October 6: Kudos for a unanimous Supreme Court affirmance of injunction protecting sacramental use of a tea containing a hallucinogen.
October 6: If Molly Ivins can laugh in the face of oppression, so can I.
October 5: Why did Justice Scalia say "Nobody thinks your client is really ... abstaining from tequila down in Mexico because he is on supervised release in the United States"?
October 5: See this waterboarding video -- If this is not torture, what is?
October 4: Talking about Mark Foley: Jon Katz, P.C. gives the radio audience a criminal defense perspective.
October 3: Twenty-two states that do not ban corporal punishment in schools: Leaving 28 desirable states to live in.
October 1: Death threats against judge's rejection of intelligent design curriculum: Non-violent dissent is key.
October 1: Iraq's new government: Taking press censorship cues from Saddam Hussein's regime.
INDEX OF SEPTEMBER 2006 UNDERDOG BLOG ENTRIES:
September 29: George Bush's Injustice Department - Returning to the dark ages of obscenity prosecutions for the written word.
September 29: Know the jury: Views from Sunwolf and Windypundit.
September 29: "So, what's your relationship with the prosecutors?"
September 28: When clients speak in court.
September 27: The gap between indigent criminal defense systems that are well funded and resourced, and poorly funded and resource / What about defendants who barely miss qualifying for indigent defense?
September 26: Walking in Voltaire's shoes, Jon Katz, P.C. files motion to dismiss libel suit against Westboro Baptist Church.
September 25: Tell your House members to guarantee habeas corpus rights to alleged enemy combatants.
September 25: Maher Arar: A Canadian citizen is "rendered" to Syria after detention at JFK Airport, tortured, and then told it was all a mistake.
September 25: Trouble in the empire state: Too many New York municipal "justice court" judges run roughshod over justice.
September 24: More on Senator George Allen's macaca-gate.
September 22: Overcover risk at the Supreme Court.
September 21: Only a handful of people receive federally-provided medical marijuana.
September 21: Hemp for Victory.
September 20: Preserve the writ of habeas corpus for all.
September 20: A bad civics lesson: House passes student search bill.
September 20: Know your judge and jury; who's your judge and jury?
September 19: U.S. war prisons: All inmates must receive humane treatment, access to quality defense. and quality tax-paid defense lawyers.
September 18: When criminal defense lawyers are asked to assist the prosecution role.
September 17: The need for criminal defense lawyers to love their clients, listen to them, know them, build trust with them, walk in their shoes, and sit alongside them.
September 15: Girls Gone Wild prosecution: More injustice from your tax-paid Justice Department.
September 15: Overseas crimes do not shield Americans from prosecution in the United States; sending spam from Oshkosh to AOL subscribers does not prevent prosecution in Virginia.
September 14: To open or not to open at bench trials.
September 13: Sanctions for refusing a blood alcohol test.
September 12: Here a program; there a program; everywhere a program-program.
September 11: Pretrial preparation starts with jury instructions, Rench's idea book, closing argument, and the jury.
September 10: Of Lonny Baxter, gun laws, and the Potomac divide.
September 9: Why prosecute?
September 8: When Miranda comes to the rescue; and when it does not.
September 7: Waiting to Inhale - The medical marijuana debate.
September 6: Drugs and war
September 5: Identity theft will decline if TINs replace SSNs for identity.
September 4: Steve Irwin: Exemplified fearless living.
September 3: Criminalizing leaf-rustling: Hunter harassment laws.
September 1: A mentor leaves the planet: James Vance Elliott -- a giant without an ego.
September 1: The government's draconian weight in drunk driving cases.
INDEX OF AUGUST 2006 UNDERDOG BLOG ENTRIES:
August 31: Never give up. Never give in.
August 30: Consistently opposed to libel laws, Jon Katz, P.C. defends libel suit against Westboro Baptist Church / Appears on TV.
August 29: Will cops harvest a bumper crop of confessions post-John Karr?
August 28: Another backdoor First Amendment violation: 18 U.S.C. § 2257.
August 27: Minor hauled to court for allegedly saying "meow".
August 25: Jay Marks's battles for justice.
August 24: John Johnson: As alive as ever.
August 23: Should judge get four years for indecent exposure? What recourse is available to the parties who appeared before him?
August 22: Comparisons and contrasts on the criminal law systems in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and federal courts.
August 21: Three prosecutor blogs found: Know the Opposition.
August 21: Virginia criminal defendants: Know your rights / Reverse Virginia's pitiful pay for court-appointed counsel.
August 20: George Allen: Meet Andrew Young and Mel Gibson / Update on macaca-gate.
August 18: Having fun while fighting the powers that be.
August 17: Doing t'ai chi with my opponents.
August 16: Some good suppression cases, the Busted video, and Virginia's malfeasance statute.
August 16: Jon Katz, P.C. is eight-years-old this week!
August 15: How does a minority defendant feel walking into a courthouse with a confederate soldier out front? What does this say to a racist juror instructed to set aside prejudice?
August 15: Virginia Senator George Allen demeaningly calls Indian-American man "macaca".
August 15: Venire jury members, be truthful; any other approach can mean a retrial.
August 14: Prison censorship; prison rape.
August 13: Car passengers can have standing to challenge car stop and search.
August 11: The Bush Administration tries to intimidate future Daniel Ellsbergs, Deep Throats, and journalists who would print their disclosures.
August 10: Jon Katz, P.C. wins acquittal for client caught red-handed with a handgun at airport baggage scanning, using basic trial outline.
August 9: Gansler campaign signs come tumbling down.
August 9: Identifying, selecting, preparing and presenting expert witnesses.
August 8: Don't let a Virginia jury convict, because next the jury fixes the sentence.
August 7: U.S. Senate ratifies the Cybercrime Treaty.
August 6: Maryland and Virginia District Court: Bench trials, appeals, and withdrawal of appeals.
August 4: Loving jurors rather than fearing them.
August 3: Jon Katz, P.C. on the airwaves - Speaking out for justice.
August 2: Mad Mel: Beyond the hateful words
August 1: Know means know: Your rights dealing with the police.
INDEX OF JULY 2006 UNDERDOG BLOG ENTRIES:
July 31: Getting to "yes" with prosecutors.
July 30: The drug wars: Just say know.
July 28: Pathetic juxtaposition: DC curfew law tightened after Second District Commander asserts " black people are unusual in Georgetown."
July 27: "But they didn't read me my rights" - When Ernesto Miranda applies little more than Carmen Miranda.
July 26: A prosecutor in our midst - Eschewing State's Attorney Gansler's presence in our building and on our landlord's lawn.
July 25: When is a federal judge more acquittal-prone than a jury?
July 24: Virginia -- The land that turned its back on Jencks.
July 23: Beyond the Underdog Blog - See katzjustice.com.
July 23: Integrating heart, preparation, technique and experience for trial victory.
July 21: Chilling interview with your friendly, neighborhood, death chamber nurse.
July 20: The National Lawyers Guild - Should I stay or should I go now? Part II.
July 19: Daniel Schorr and Frank Zappa - Inspirations for excellence, for standing up to abuse of power, and against complacency.
July 18: Tony Serra: Speeding past Porsche-driving lawyers.
July 17: MySpace.com: As confidential as the yellow pages.
July 16: Reasonable doubt: The bedrock of a criminal trial.
July 14: The Constitution is violated to criminalize female toplessness.
July 14: Indecent exposure: Prohibiting guests from exposing themselves in Maryland homes
July 13: Let's shoot craps, and stop prohibition of online gambling.
July 12: How to deal with difficult judges?
July 11: Sexually explicit PDA contents are not automatically admissible at trial for seeking sex with a minor.
July 10: Turning the undefinable into a parole condition: Second Circuit upholds parole revocation for possessing pornography.
July 9: Marijuana: Of opportunistic cops and misguided smokers.
July 7: The amazing Sunwolf presents Jury Talk DVD.
July 6: When the judge is your jury: Fighting for justice in misdemeanor court.
July 5: St. Tammany Parish, LA, sheriff gives green light to harass people wearing dreadlocks, and advocates ejecting criminal defense lawyers on a rail.
July 3: Rainbow Gathering defendants are being denied Sixth Amendment right to public trial.
July 2: The garbage bags in your driveway: Fodder for vulture cops.
INDEX OF JUNE 2006 UNDERDOG BLOG ENTRIES:
Court's rejection of Guantanamo military commissions highlights danger to
everyone's Constitutional rights .
Court rejects Guantanamo military commissions.
28: Jon Katz, P.C.
appears on Free Speech
Radio News, supporting the New York Times's right to report on the SWIFT
June 27: Supreme Court upholds the right to hire counsel of one's choice.
June 26: Will the Supreme Court in the future have juries determine the existence of prior convictions for enhanced sentences?
June 25: When plea agreements lack sufficient specificity, the federal appellate courts may remand.
June 23: Hopefully, Betsy Ross rolls in her grave - Contact your Senators and Congress members to vote against the flag desecration Constitutional amendment.
June 22: On Wenyi Wang's behalf, Jon Katz, P.C. asks the White House for the name of the Chinese television cameraman who restrained her.
June 21: If judges would only walk for a day in a parolee's shoes: Supreme Court allows groundless searches of parolees.
June 20: Supreme Court returns to Washington to figure out definition of "testimonial" communication, but opens a can of worms with 911 calls.
June 19: Virginia's Supreme Court orders new capital sentencing trial where the defense claims mental retardation.
June 18: Maryland District Court commissioners wield too much power.
June 16: Watch this video showing police brutalizing a prosecutor's daughter; then ask how on earth Justice Scalia can claim that increased police professionalism justifies weakening the exclusionary rule. Plus, my own encounter with Justice Scalia.
June 15: Sending Hudson down the river: Further supporting the reasons for having feared the confirmations of Justices Roberts and Alito.
June 14: Bridging the gap between trial lawyer colleges and judges' limits: First person opening, cross-examining without question marks, and jury voir dire.
June 13: Engaging in battle without anger.
June 12: Orlando federal judge criticizes the 100:1 cocaine base:powder cocaine sentencing disparity.
June 11: Beyond the Sixth Amendment's speedy trial right: Dismissing federal prosecutions for running afoul of the Speedy Trial Act's seventy-day rule.
June 9: Not guilty - a phrase too many criminal defendants fear.
June 8: Wenyi Wang's prosecution: Update on the Bush administration's mirroring of China's flagrant violations of free speech rights.
June 7: Washington, DC's DWI zero tolerance: As broken as ten months ago during Debra Bolton's arrest for drinking a glass of wine.
June 6: Not a consensual encounter, so Swift justifiably gets away.
June 4: After defending a drunk driving client, meeting up with a tax resister.
June 2: The police and I.
June 1: My time in jails; my time in court.
INDEX OF MAY 2006 UNDERDOG BLOG ENTRIES:
May 30: The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision against whistleblowers - premonition of things to come.
May 30: Federal courts face high hurdle to reduce a criminal jury below twelve members.
May 29: The prosecutor alone has the burden to prove a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
May 28: Another reason for legalizing marijuana: UCLA study finds no lung cancer risk.
May 26: Judge recognizes multiple injustices inflicted on defendants jailed for pending criminal cases.
May 25: Stale-dated basis for search warrant may not be corrected as a typographical error.
May 24: When court personnel and lawyers guffaw about scared criminal defendants.
May 23: Eyewitness identification: The source of too many wrongful convictions.
May 22: The bigger they come...? William Jefferson's ordeal highlights the necessity of Constitutional protection for all.
May 21: The power of peaceful persuasion / The deliciousness of fearlessness.
May 19: The National Lawyers Guild - Should I stay or should I go now?
May 18: In praise of lawyer Rex B. Wingerter.
May 17: Criminal defense in Virginia - much different than the Potomac's width.
May 16: Trial judges cannot exclude witnesses on mere anticipation of inadmissible testimony.
May 15: Detroit police to videotape interviews of suspects exposed to life without parole.
May 14: Know before you go: Places where speeding can lead to jail.
May 12: The Bush Administration: Giving the Fourth Amendment as much respect as toilet paper.
May 11: Earl Washington Jr's coerced confession and wrongful banishment to death row.
May 10: North Dakota welcomes industrial hemp production, if only the feds would back off.
May 7: The Bush administration's denial of basic trial rights to Guantanamo inmates.
May 5: Some Moussaoui jurors questioned whether "the death penalty is really an appropriate punishment for lying,"
May 5: Gutting the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of a jury trial for "petty offenses."
May 5: Mexican President backpeddles on permitting possession of small amounts of drugs.
May 4: A man appears, pours day-old coffee, and the tension magically disappears.
May 3: The jury system worked today, with Zacarias Moussaoui being spared execution.
May 3: 35 hours of deliberation and counting: Let the Moussaoui jurors take all the time they need.
May 3: Mexican government recognizes the benefit of leaving alone users of small amounts of illegal drugs.
May 2: The Supreme Court unanimously reverses South Carolina for denial of right to present an effective defense.
May 1: Criminal libel laws are still on the books, and should be struck down as unconstitutional.
INDEX OF APRIL 2006 UNDERDOG BLOG ENTRIES:
April 30: Mourning the passing of Bob Ritchie.
April 30: Under Attack - The Constitutional right to a vigorous criminal defense and to a jury trial.
April 28: Medical marijuana grower Ed Rosenthal gets retrial.
April 27: Your double jeopardy rights - diminished by the unjust separate sovereign doctrine.
April 26: Increase pay for indigent criminal defendants' court-appointed counsel.
April 26: The New York ACLU goes to court against heavy-handed policing against teachers.
April 25: The Supreme Court Bars "Consent" Searches When a Co-Occupant Objects.
April 25: Austin police institute safeguards for "consent" searches.
April 24: Zacarias Moussaoui's Case - A bad basis for expanding the death penalty.
April 24: Wenyi Wang's prosecution is unconstitutional.
April 20: Honoring Native American rights on the last day of the Sacred Run.
April 10: Ramiro Games's tragedy points to the critical need to better protect the accused.
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Being in a legal bind may feel daunting; dealing with your lawyer should not be.
Fighting for criminal defendants and the Constitution is a calling that Jon Katz relishes. Jon does it not as the most lucrative way to earn a lawyer's living, but because he believes strongly in this path and loves the work and the interaction with his clients.
Our clients are what we are all about. Therefore, we work tirelessly to deliver them the best service we can, using all our experience, skill, caring, and resources to help our clients win. We do our best to help our clients go on with their lives as we work on their behalf. We welcome our clients' ideas, inquiries and teamwork. We work with our clients as a united front against our opponents, and are happy for our opponents to know that we are prepared for battle and fearless to go to battle. We know that honey catches more flies than sandpaper, but also know that nothing beats being fully armed to battle for justice for our clients.
JON KATZ, P.C., Attorney at Law
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 703
Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland 20910
(301) 495-7755/FAX (301) 585-7733
VIRGINIA BRANCH OFFICE:
1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 600, Tysons Corner/ McLean, Fairfax County, Virginia 22102, (703) 917-6626.
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