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Month: March 2016

Get Up, Stand up: VOTE!

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Finally. I found a way to be able to talk about this crazy election. I’ve been dying to, but I haven’t been able to. You see, the problem is that I try to stay neutral here, and the fact is that it’s virtually impossible these days to say one word about anything online without being accused of being partial to one side or the other.

I mean, even when I write about the “God of All Things Conservative” for the past few decades, Antonin Scalia, and say what a great writer he was, or how sweet it was that he was able to be BFF’s with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or how much I loved to read his opinions, or how important some of his opinions were, (e.g. masterpieces like Crawford or Blakely or Johnson), along comes my Marine Colonel brother in law describing my blog as “left leaning” (sorry Chris, but I owed you that.)

One of the fundamental rules of blogging for me is trying to stay neutral. Except that I do not know a single person who is neutral about this election. That’s the first time in my adult life that has happened – which got me thinking. Thinking about what the heck is going to happen once we get to the actual election. Of course, I’ve been wondering that for months.

I have finally found a very obvious framework to analyze this all in a legally oriented way that works. And if anyone calls it “left leaning” I give up. That would be hopeless. But there is hope.

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5 Things TV Gets Wrong About Criminal Defense Attorneys

5 Things TV Gets Wrong About Criminal Defense Attorneys - Seattle Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog

I try. I really do.

I really try to watch legal shows without shouting at the TV. It’s like watching the Presidential Debates without doing that – impossible.

That’s because these shows get so very many important things about what criminal defense attorneys really do totally wrong. What is especially disturbing is that the shows that purport to be true to life, such as The People vs O.J. Simpson, are the worst. It’s possible that those shows actually are accurate, and that really disturbs me.

The seminal work in this area, as we lawyers like to say, is Law and Order. The criminal defense attorneys in that show are all either stupid or unethical, or more likely than not – both. Simply put, either way, the “lawyers” on these shows make us all look bad. Horrible in fact. They do some of the stupidest, dirtiest things imaginable.

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Constitutional Originalism – Republican or Democrat idea?

Constitutional Originalism - Republican or Democrat idea - Seattle Criminal Lawyer BlogMy entire purpose in writing these ditties is to show everyone how real life legal issues are handled by criminal defense lawyers.

Sometimes that is as simple as discussing the answer to the number one question I get asked, almost daily: “How Can You Defend Those People?”

Other times it is much more esoteric.

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