Home » Blog

Underdog Blog – Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer | Virginia DUI Attorney

Fairfax Criminal Lawyer / Virginia DUI Attorney- Highly-Rated
Pursuing Your Best Defense Since 1991

Call Us: 703-383-1100

Hearings planned on crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparities

Now that the Democrats have taken control of both chambers of Congress, Rep. Robert Scott, D-Va. — who chairs the House subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security — plans hearings on the crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparities that he has previously criticized. Jon Katz.

Violence Begets Violence – Contagious Shooting

On November 25, 2006, New York police shot and killed Sean Bell in a hail of bullets that injured his two passengers. Mr. Bell and his passengers were unarmed. The New York police commissioner claims that Mr. Bell’s car struck the leg of an undercover...

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 recordkeeping provisions. The United States Supreme Court generally limits child pornography prosecutions to images of actual minors, rather than to...

NPR airs tapes of Guantanamo enemy combatant hearings

On November 21, 2006, online and on the radio waves, NPR aired FOIA-obtained audio recordings of Guantanamo hearings to review enemy combatant classifications. The inmates need not participate, but sometimes do, despite their lawyers’ advice not to, seeing how irresistible it can be for an...

Limits of criminal discovery in Virginia

Sadly, Virginia law does not guarantee enough discovery to criminal defendants: "There is no general constitutional right to discovery in a criminal case, even where a capital offense is charged. Strickler v. Commonwealth, 241 Va. 482, 490-91, … cert. denied, 502 U.S. 944 (1991). While...

Carol and David Keeffe murdered

On the Trial Lawyers College listserv yesterday came news of the passing of David Keeffe, who had attended one or more TLC programs, and his wife, Carol. The news reports that they were shot dead. I never met David. The news accounts show David and...

Cop says he routinely pats down people

Recently I had a disturbing — yet revealing — conversation with a police officer who charged my client with possessing marijuana. This case was in Virginia, where my client faced up to thirty days in jail for the marijuana possession charge. As I waited for our...

UCLA police assault student multiple times with taser

The attached video (No longer available on YouTube) from November 14, 2006, shows police in hyper-control and brutality mode — tasing multiple times a UCLA student accused of nothing worse than being in the UCLA library without identification to permit him to be there and not leaving when asked...