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Posts made in January, 2012

By on Jan 24, 2012 in Criminal, Domestic Violence, Funny, Noah Weil, Police | 0 comments

This isn’t my first time to the rodeo, but even I was impressed with the creativity of this gentleman charged with domestic violence. We can take a few lessons from this: First if you’re a habitual spouse-abuser, you should probably lay off the sauce. You still shouldn’t talk to the police, even if your ramblings make for entertaining blog posts. But most importantly, if you do find yourself in a jam, who you gonna call? (Hint: not the...

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By on Jan 13, 2012 in Case Law, Constitution, Court, Criminal, Noah Weil, Procedure | 1 comment

I’m going to start today’s post with a puzzle: Let’s say you’re in your home one day and you hear absolutely beautiful piano music wafting over from your neighbor. You go over there and see your two neighbors, Jeff and John, standing by a piano. “What beautiful music!” you exclaim. “Which of you is so talented?” “Thank you! It was me,” replied Jeff. “Actually, it was me,” replied John. What an odd situation! How to decide who’s telling the truth? You take a quick peek around the house and see a few clues. A certificate from Julliard stating John attended for four years. A photograph of John sitting at a piano in an enormously packed concert hall. A book, authored by John, on how to play exceptional piano. Well that seems easy enough. It’s clear who has the background in world-class piano. How about another? Jane and Sara are accused of shoplifting from Nordstrom. A security guard said he saw one of them stealing but he couldn’t tell which one. The stolen merchandise was thrown down a sewer grate. When questioned, Jane said Sara was the thief, while Sara said it was Jane. How to decide who’s telling the truth? Well in this case there’s one more wrinkle. Sara has no criminal record, while Jane has been arrested 10 times in the past for stealing from Nordstrom. Well that seems easy enough. It’s clear who has the background in shoplifting. Propensity and the Rules of Evidence Both of these puzzles illustrate the exciting world of propensity evidence. Propensity evidence suggest to a jury to use past conduct to predict current, or future, behavior. Is there any problem with that? You bet there is. A criminal charge is not like setting the line on a football game. A trial asks for a determination on what happened in this instance, not conduct some statistical analysis from past behavior. And for our system to make any sense at all, this is how it should be. People should believe that when a citizen is charged with a crime, they are facing penalties for current conduct only, not being re-punished or re-tried for past behavior. For people to have confidence in the system, people...

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By on Jan 1, 2012 in DUI, Noah Weil | 0 comments

Happy new year from the Law Office of Noah Weil. I want to take this time to give thanks to everyone who offered their support, from clients who trusted us to represent their important matters, to colleagues, friends, and family, to even regular readers of this blog.  You have my heartfelt thanks, and my wish for a safe and prosperous 2012. All the best, Noah P.S. Please don’t drink and drive tonight. Your safety and the safety of everyone around you is at risk. But if you do make a mistake and get talked to by law enforcement, always feel free to give me a...

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