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Month: May 2015

Fmr. Chicago Police Dressed Black Suspect Like Hunting Trophy

Posted in Civil Rights,Firm News on May 27, 2015

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

Miami Beach Police To Wear Body Cameras

Posted in Civil Rights,Firm News on May 27, 2015

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

The “Cannibal Cop” Appeal Explored

Posted in Criminal Defense,Firm News,The Courts,Violent Crimes on May 26, 2015

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.

Bath Salts, Ignorance of the Law, and the “Knowingly a Bad Guy” Theory

Posted in Drug Crimes,Firm News,The Courts,Violent Crimes on May 23, 2015

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.

Florida Judges Must Wear Black Robes

Posted in Firm News,The Courts on May 21, 2015

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.

FL’s Criminal Justice System: The Courts (Part 1)

Posted in Firm News,The Courts on May 19, 2015

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

Money Can’t Buy (Lawyers) Happiness

Posted in Criminal Defense,Firm News on May 17, 2015

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.

Speedy Trial or Fair Trial – Not a “Hobson’s Choice”

Posted in Criminal Defense,Firm News,The Courts on May 13, 2015

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).