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24 Jan

The Constitution is more valuable than gentility

Chief Judge Robert M. Bell dissented that George Junior Spry's taking twenty minutes to disperse did not constitute disorderly conduct.The Constitution is more valuable than gentility. However, courts repeatedly uphold police efforts through the disorderly conduct laws to enforce gentility and public obedience to police.A recent example is...

18 Jan

Humanizing criminal defendants

Courtesy Sunwolf: A criminal defense lawyer's criminal defense lawyer, showing lawyers the powerful path to humanizing our clients, through storytellilng, kindness to all, summoning our inner magic, and a reminder that "reality is no obstacle." When I started practicing criminal defense over fifteen years ago, a repeated...

08 Jan

Oppose McCain’s bill to censor the Internet

Sen. John McCain (Oops; it's Alfred Hitchcock, another chillmaster).  Thanks to TalkLeft for reporting on Senator McCain's ludicrous proposed bill (1) to place substantial onus for reporting and keeping child pornography off the Internet, on Internet service providers, bloggers, search engines and just about anybody else who...

05 Jan

The Congressional disruption statute needs to go

U.S. Capitol, by F. Malotaux (available through Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)In January 2006, I filed an amicus brief on behalf of the District of Columbia National Lawyers Guild, supporting appellant Elena Sassower in Sassower v. U.S., D.C. Court of Appeals Appel Nos. 04-CM-760 and 04-CO-1600.Ms....

22 Dec

Teamwork among co-defendants’ lawyers

When dealing with co-defendants' lawyers, I have had experiences running from the very positive to the very negative. The very positive side includes a lengthy four-defendant federal felony trial where all lawyers whose clients did not plead guilty at all times worked together well and got...

22 Dec

Madisonville, TX, requires search consent forms

Until consent searches are outlawed, bravo to the three of five Madisonville, Texas, city council members who passed a law requiring written forms as a prerequisite for "consent" searches. This follows an earlier such order by the Austin, Texas, police chief. The article is here. Thanks to Grits for Breakfast...

22 Dec

Beware snitches

This follows up on my previous railings against the legalized snitch bribery system. Grits for Breakfast has discussed the topic many times, as well. Here is a disturbingly sobering video about 15% of Hearne, Texas's young black males arrested in 2000 on drug charges made...