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Parenting, Politics, and the Rule of Law

 

Don’t worry. This won’t be another rambler. I realize that last post was a bit tangential. There was a reason for taking that approach; it was an experiment in trying to get people to read it.

As Donald Trump knows well, sometimes making yourself a target of criticism is the best way to get them to pay attention to what you have to say.

And what I had to say last time is, to me at least, critically important. It has to do with understanding, and thus following, established procedures for doing things the right way when it came to bombing Syria.

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Can Alternative Facts ever be REAL Facts?

The answer is simple: Maybe. It depends. Like everything else I write about. It depends on evidence, and a careful analysis of any problems with that evidence.

The bottom line is that rarely, if ever, is truth absolute.

Take the latest feud over something that seems so basic: Did more people attend Trump’s Inauguration than Obama’s?

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The Curious Caper of the Clock-Bomb, Texas Racism, and a Boy Called Mohamed

Mohamed - Clock Bomb - Seattle Criminal Lawyer Blog

“Can you say Racial Profiling? Strike that. Can you say Blatant Racism??” This was my original thought for an intro to a post about what happened to that high school kid in Texas, Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested for possessing a clock. Actually, it was worse than that. It looked as if he was arrested because his name was Mohamed.

Or so it seemed. Now it’s not so clear what was really going on here. That is very typical in my work; criminal cases are so often not as simple as they seem at first, especially when everyone rushes to judgment. My job is to dig down into the facts to unravel what really happened. We criminal lawyers find ourselves going down the rabbit hole of analysis, curious about what we might find there. Mohamed’s situation provides a perfect way to illustrate this.

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