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Executing non-shooters should be barred says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Executing people is wrong. As a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer, I know that even many former and current Virginia prosecutors now support the abolition of capital punishment. However, the machinery of state-sponsored death continues in many of the United States. Executing people convicted for being accomplices...

Split on Supreme Court on capital cases – Virginia criminal lawyer

Split 5-4 capital punishment decisions will keep arising with the Supreme Court's hardcore death penalty greenlighters (Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch), the usual remaining members of that five (Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kavanaugh) and the four more "liberal" justices who at least question the...

Capital defendants are humans – Treat them with dignity

Capital punishment in the United States has proceeded somewhat away from an arbitrary and capricious system that previously allowed judges rather than juries to decide a death sentence, and for people to be executed for crimes other than murder. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I...

Abolish Capital Punishment – Do Not Let It Be Normalized

Abolish capital punishment. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer and since long before, I have fully supported the abolition of the death penalty. Former prosecutor Helen Fahey is being touted for her pioneering DNA work as a prosecutor in the announcement of her upcoming Arlington bar...

Jordan Edwards – Where do the unjustified police shootings end?

One 2014 day when I entered a nearby courthouse, a sheriff's deputy lamented the backlash of public opinion against police after police shot dead Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The unjustified police killings continued, including Eric Garner's death on Staten Island following a police chokehold,...

Death row inmates’ champion Steve Bright always inspires me

In 1991, I was still yearning to re-direct my career from the 25-lawyer corporate law firm that I had joined two years later, to something more meaningful. Ever since finishing law school, I went out of my way to meet birds of a professional and...