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Posts made in June, 2016

By on Jun 23, 2016 in Communication, Funny, Judges | 0 comments

I love the promise of the law. The promise that says we have a system of rules that apply equally to the rich, poor, black, white, abled, disabled, and everyone else. How can you not love a system that simultaneously advocates for victims, opposes government tyranny, and creates the forum for a mega-corporation to battle a 17-year-old? As a criminal defense attorney, I am far from naive on the flaws in our system. Me and my clients see them every day. That being said, even if the execution of the law needs some work, the promise of justice for all is an appealing one. Part and parcel with the promise of justice is the promise those that administer justice, i.e. judges, be fair, impartial, and show allegiance to the law over their own personal feelings. Judges are, of course, people and there’s nothing wrong with bias and feelings and traits that all of us share. But, we do expect judges to do their best to put aside their feelings when on the bench.  Today’s post is about two men behaving badly. One is a criminal defendant and one is a judge. Neither looks great. Judge Durham was presiding over a hearing where a criminal defendant was unhappy with his counsel and wanted to change his appointed attorney. Not especially common, but it certainly happens. The judge is supposed to do a colloquy with the defendant and then make a decision on counsel.   Unfortunately, defendant Denver Allen was not happy with the judge’s decision and responded immaturely. Also not especially common, but it does happen. A judge will invariably deal with an unhappy litigant in their career. Not only are they trained on how to deal with the situation, but because they are literally the face of the justice system, their approach be an opportunity to show the rest of the people in the court that the promise of the law is alive, that even when someone is acting inappropriately, a judge will maintain equanimity and not let personal feelings cloud judgment. Let me be clear here, Mr. Allen’s conduct was way, way, way beyond appropriate. He can, and probably should, face consequences for his actions. But two wrongs don’t make a right, and...

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By on Jun 17, 2016 in Communication, Court, Criminal, Podcast, Trial | 0 comments

This week I’m joined by New York State prosecutor Nicholas Evanovich. A friend of the show, he was very excited to come on. We have a good discussion about work with witnesses, preparing them to take the stand.      You can download the complete episode here. As always, if you enjoy the show, please rate and subscribe on...

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By on Jun 15, 2016 in Background checks, Civil Rights, Criminal, Employment | 0 comments

Stig·ma ˈstiɡmə/ noun noun: stigma; plural noun: stigmata; plural noun: stigmas 1. a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. I’ve talked before of the stigma associated with a criminal conviction. A person made a mistake they have to relive over and over again. The stigma of a criminal conviction sticks with someone, always, because it always comes up. Crossing the border, applying for a new job, trying to get housing…it’s a real problem for the person with the record. But it’s a problem for society too, because when people can’t get jobs and can’t get housing, “not breaking the law” becomes secondary to merely existing. And if “existing” means breaking the law again, the cycle repeats. Karen Lee of Governor Jay Inslee’s Statewide Reentry Council spoke with KUOW on the issue of stigma and housing and employment for felons. It’s short but definitely worth a listen. This problem affects us all....

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By on Jun 3, 2016 in Constitution, Court, Criminal, Podcast | 0 comments

As regular visitors know, I am a Seattle-based criminal defense attorney. I am also the producer of a criminal defense podcast that is intentionally-acclaimed. And I’m excited to report that I have some great episodes in the pipe that I’m excited to get out soon.  But not today. Instead, to get your legal info fix, I’m recommending Radiolab’s newest production: More Perfect. The premise is a deep look at matters out of the United States Supreme Court. Their first episode, a thoroughly engrossing look at recent capital punishment cases, is a must listen. I’m excited for the next episode, and I’m excited more criminal justice podcasts are getting in the game! Give it a listen, and check back next week for more blog posts and BetterNoahLawyer...

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