The Polaroid picture, believed to be taken between 1999 and 2003, was turned over to the city by federal prosecutors after Jerome Finnigan, one of the officers in the photo, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for organizing robberies and home invasions with other cops,” reports RawStory.com. The other officer, Timothy McDermott, was also fired, but he is appealing that decision (he thinks a suspension was more appr
The Miami Beach Police Department isn’t always in the news for positive reasons. And as a Criminal Defense Lawyer, I’m not really sure whether this new story is a positive or a negative just yet. According to a recent Miami Herald article, by the end of this month, at least 30 Miami Beach Police Officers… read more
I fancy myself a documentary-film aficionado. When the subject matter is criminal law, it’s a true win-win. Last week, I had occasion to see a newly-released HBO documentary titled, “Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop.” It was fascinating. For those of you who didn’t see it, I suggest you watch it.
We’ve all heard the expression that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” It means that a person cannot escape punishment for violating criminal laws regardless of whether he or she knew of their existence. Being well versed in the laws doesn’t provide an avenue for relieve for criminals either.
As recently recounted by the Miami Herald, all Florida judges are now obligated to wear black robes without “embellishments.” This order is directly from the top judge himself: Chief Justice Jorge Labarga of the Florida Supreme Court.
In my practice, I find that an extraordinarily high number of clients are simply unaware of how our state’s court system is structured, let alone works. If you are count yourself among the unfamiliar, worry not. In a series of blog posts that I’ll caption “FL’s Criminal Justice System,” I will endeavor to breakdown this vital information into easy-to-understand, digestible pieces. Part 1 is titled, “The Courts,” b
In a recent article published by the New York Times, “Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness,” it was shown that lawyers and law students alike are focused on the wrong reward- money…at least if they want to be happy.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I am often faced with a series of inquiries from friends and family like, “How can you represent those people?” (Roy Black has a very interesting blog post (and twist) on this precise question).