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Fairfax criminal lawyer knows that a "no" vote on Kavanaugh may not prevent a severely rightward SCOTUS tilt, but might make the confirmation process more honest and less divisive. The contrast is staggering between the swiftness with which the Senate Republicans are moving the vote for Kavanaugh versus their barring any Senate consideration of Garland.

Once again, many superhero characters will be out in force at this weekend's Awesome Con, both by the actors who play them and the cosplayers. Having been to two previous Awesome Cons and the Baltimore Comic Con, I have seen no superheroes representing those who defend civil liberties and criminal defendants, other than Congressman John Lewis signing the first of his March trilogy at the 2014 Awesome Con. When I was in preschool, none of the boys said that they one day wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer nor a civil libertarian. We talked of wanting to be policemen and firemen, hardly understanding the implications of doing so. We played cops and robbers among our arsenal of play. How much does all this crime-fighting superhero oversaturation on children's airwaves socialize them into becoming voters, jurors, and even judges skewed more to a prosecutorial bias than to valuing the civil liberties we all derive from protecting the Bill of Rights for criminal defendants, including the presumption of innocence, the need to set bail or pretrial release before trial, and the need never to cloak any police witness with more credibility than lay witnesses?

This being a criminal law blog, my tributes to those who pass away are limited in number. The now-late Bill Margold merits a blog tribute, not because he acted in the golden age of adult films when they were on celluloid and when the risks of obscenity prosecutions were greater, but because he unconditionally welcomed and encouraged my interest in expanding my law practice into adult entertainment, and because he was a friendly regular guy -- though with a big ego -- to me.

Essential is always for me to welcome and invest the time in actively listening and engaging with my clients. Pearls of getting closer to victory often result when least expected through my spending sufficient time with my clients in my office, on the phone, in the courthouse after a hearing, or taking a walk together or spending time together in any other informal way.

Straight through my law school graduation, mass communication was heavily controlled by corporate-owned media, deciding whom to name and pay as great people, actors, newsmakers and politicians. Then the Internet took the world by storm in the mid-1990’s, followed shortly after by my static webpage...