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Lying to Get Out of Trouble = More Trouble

If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a million times.

I’ve blogged about it a million times. At least it feels that way.

I have definitely lectured clients about it about a million times: lying to get out of trouble just winds up getting you into more and more trouble. Think Martha Stewart. Or, now, Ryan Lochte.

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Why are the Olympic Swimmers In Trouble in Brazil?

 

As usual, I have no idea. But I can guess.

Here are some of the rather sketchy “facts” that have emerged so far:

Ryan Lochte was out with some of his other superstar swim team members for a night on the town after completing his grueling week in the water, winning medals and flashing his winning smile all over TV’s around the world. Not to mention the years and years of hard core constant exhausting training he went through to get there in the first place. Now he was finished… for now. Can anyone find it horrible or surprising that he might be out blowing off some steam with his teammates?

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False Rape Accusations: is this a Thing?

Even criminal defense attorneys, like me, need to be reminded occasionally about the presumption of innocence.

I read a piece recently in Seattle’s “Stranger” about Matt Hickey (no joke, that’s his name), a well known techie who was being accused of sexually assaulting several women. I confess. After reading it I was pretty convinced that he must be guilty of rape. I’m not on his jury and not his lawyer, so I am free to think (and say) whatever I want.

But, then, I began to reflect on similar cases I have worked on as a criminal defense lawyer.

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Technology: The Best Tool To Target Terrorism?

OK, this time it’s personal. It hasn’t been, lately; I’ve been watching the recent carnage in a sort of state of shock. It seems surreal, as if it can’t really be happening. Not part of my world. Too horrible. And sad. And depressing.

Promenade des AnglaisSo, sometimes it’s just easier to distance yourself and hope it goes away; only it won’t. I knew that last Thursday night when I turned on my TV.

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What is Assault, Anyway?

I want to begin by thanking Donald Trump’s campaign manager. Just when I was wondering what new legal issues were floating around that were relevant to criminal law, there it was. Assault! Campaign Aides Gone Wild! Or not…

Which is what this is going to be about:

What, exactly, happened in that video that is all over TV news shows this week, showing some sort of physical altercation between Trump’s campaign manager and a reporter?

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Avery v. O.J. Simpson

Avery v. O.J. Simpson - Seattle Criminal Lawyer Blog

I know I promised to write more about Making a Murderer. But, two things happened: first, I got busy with my actual job. Second, O.J.

I watched Episode One of the new O.J. series, The People Versus O.J. Simpson, sooo aptly named. The People really are all either for or against him, let’s face it – with a passion. It is actually one of the only cases, ever, where it really does ultimately boil down to what we, the People, think. Just post a blog about it and you’ll find out… quick.

The main reason I write any of this is to educate people about what criminal lawyers actually do. It seems to be an area that needs some input, with a view towards dispelling some of the myths that exist out there about criminal lawyers and how the criminal justice system functions in real life. I will try here to show how that goal ties in with this new O.J. show, although I’m not so sure the O.J. case has anything to do with what criminal lawyers really do. It is truly surreal in that otherwise all too real world of criminal law.

But it actually happened.

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Guilt or Innocence: How Things Really Work in Criminal Cases

Guilt vs Innocence - Avery vs Nancy Grace

It does my heart good to see the comments people are making on our Facebook page about my last post discussing the Steven Avery murder case and the Netflix series Making of a Murderer. It makes me think that what I am trying to do here might actually be starting to work.

I’m trying to do two things (which are two sides of the same coin): first, I want to explain to people as best I can how our criminal justice system really works, and what criminal lawyers really do, based on my own experiences working as a criminal defense lawyer for over thirty years. Second, I hope to get people thinking and talking about it. At least people are talking. It’s a start.

I can’t pretend to be able to explain to everyone how our criminal justice system works. Heck, I’ve been doing this forever and sometimes even I don’t understand it. But when it comes to basic concepts like guilt or innocence I have some thoughts.

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My Take on Making a Murderer

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“Making a Murderer”. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix.

It has been tough getting into the swing of things after the holidays. It’s not because there is nothing to talk about; quite the contrary. With Affluenza Teens and Bill Cosby and stand-offs on Federal Land it’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to legal subject matter right now.

Then I binged Making a Murderer last weekend on Netflix.

WOW. Everyone with even a slight interest in how criminal cases really work in real life needs to see this. It’s like the O.J. case on steroids. You just know I had to write about it.

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Au Revoir to ISIS

Au Revoir to ISIS - Seattle Criminal Lawyer Blog

Paris. Je t’adore. I love Paris.

When the news broke I was lost. Lost in this crazy lost world. A world that has lost its friggin’ mind. Paris? Seriously? Even the stoner guy checking me out at the QFC, the one who was unable to follow directions to find a restaurant a block away when I tried to tell him about it once, even he said, “Paris? Dude! What did they do? I mean, I thought they were pretty chill.”

This guy’s view of world affairs may be a bit misinformed (since France has been involved in fighting in the Middle East and North Africa forever) but he was right. Paris is about life, not death.

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