President Obama will forever be remembered as the “first” to do many things. And with his recent visit to a federal prison in Oklahoma, he added to that list by becoming the first sitting president to make such a trip–no, not to El Reno Correctional Institution specifically (although that’s true too), but rather, to any...Read More
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
RawStory.com printed a story today about two former police officers with the Chicago Police Department who, among other things, took a photograph of a black, male suspect wearing deer antlers as if he was a hunting trophy. “The Polaroid picture, believed to be taken between 1999 and 2003, was turned over to the city by...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. It centered...Read More
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 relief for criminals either. The case of Stephen McFadden,...Read More
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