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The law of evidence governs what is and is not admissible in a trial. A judge's decision on what a jury hears could quite literally be the difference between freedom and imprisonment, and, in some cases, between life and death. Just ask Larry Johnson.
Earlier this year, Brittany Paz, Jim...
I wasn't on the New Haven jury that convicted Angelo Reyes of arson and conspiracy charges. But I know a thing or two about Mr. Reyes, having represented him in federal court on other arson charges before federal prosecutors engineered a conflict to get me thrown off the case: They threatened to...
Juries are fickle, especially in civil cases, where we give them the right and the power to award money in the form of compensatory damages, and, in rare cases, to assess punitive damages. Money becomes a proxy for justice. Yet standing in well of a civil court asking for money always reminds me of...
"Everybody talks," the prosecutor said. He was confident, strutting his stuff in the well of the court. "In the end, everyone talks," he said again.
I felt as though I were watching a bad version of Inspector Javert, from Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables," a minister of justice undone, in the...
A future historian might one day write the following of our time:
"Despite a generally permissive culture in which sexually suggestive photographs were used to advertise products ranging from toothpaste to cars, 21st century Americans nonetheless harbored draconian and puritanical laws...
There's a cold logic in refusing to pay ransom to terrorists: Holding a firm line may well serve as a deterrent to further acts of terror. Destroy the pecuniary incentive for terrorists to kidnap folks, and, the theory goes, there will be fewer kidnappings. I wonder about that logic when it comes...
Editor's Note: John Rowland was convicted today after scarcely any deliberations at all.
Why don't jurors get a pause button, or some other instrument, so that they can stop the government mid-sentence when a prosecutor says something so craven, so stupid, so misguided and even disingenuous...
Folks are sometimes surprised to see a black anarchist's flag hanging in the corner of my law office. "Aren't you a lawyer?," they ask. "Don't you believe in the rule of law?" Shouldn't I be wearing a small American flag in the lapel of my suit, as is the fashion of some lawyers? The answers are...
I have a confession to make: I enjoy watching college and professional football. It's the only thing I watch on television with any regularity. The speed and athleticism of the individual competitors is part of the attraction. So is the pageantry, the hype surrounding the game - it's something...
Odds are you never heard about the killing of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor. He was shot to death in in Salt Lake City, Utah, just the other day. The man who shot him was a police officer acting in the line of duty. Dillon was unarmed. More significantly, he was white.
Where's the outrage? Where...