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Field Sobriety Tests – Junk Science

Field sobrity tests (FST’s) for drunk driving stops are junk science. Administration of the FST’s are often preceded by the following alleged circumstances, as often parroted back in police report LawEnforcement-ese: “Upon approaching the subject, I immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the subject’s...

Why does psychodrama work?

Here is an article about the powerful effect psychodrama can have on lawyers and on their ability to persuade; thanks to TalkLeft for covering this article. This article covers a training session by Don Clarkson, who is my favorite psychodramatist and an amazing psychological counselor...

Police Consent Searches are not Consensual

Repeatedly, police officers claim that criminal defendants consented to a search, even when the suspect was not advised of the right to refuse the search, and even when it twists the English language to say that consent can result from an armed police officer firmly...

More on Child Pornography Defense

This follows up on my November 27 blog entry on child pornography defense, with more ideas about defending such cases: On November 30, I updated my original November 27 blog entry with further information about 18 USCS § 3509(m), which became law the middle of...

Defending Child Pornography Cases

Child pornography prosecutions have been rampant for many years, both for possession and distribution of child pornography, and for alleged violations of 18 U.S.C. § 2257 record keeping provisions. The United States Supreme Court generally limits child pornography prosecutions to images of actual minors, rather...