Let’s talk about ethics. Some people believe ethics are a good thing. They probably are.
But here’s what the ivory tower ethicists won’t tell you: sometimes ethics get in the way of business. (more…)
It’s a popular trope. You’re arrested, you’re brought down to the station. You’re told you get “one phone call” before you’re subject to a trip to your private jail cell. Better make it count… But is it true? (more…)
This week Denice joins me to discuss a recent Huffington Post article about assessing your defense attorney. We mercilessly make fun of it and then give some useful information and make fun of it some more. It was a fun episode.
This week’s episode: Part 2 of my origin as a criminal defense attorney! Eric concludes his interview as we talk about drugs, judges, bad lawyers, and we talk about drugs some more too.
New episode! Friend of the show Eric Reasoner flips the script and asks me questions about what I did before becoming an attorney and why I feel the way I do. A secret revealed!
A St. Paul police officer suggested local citizens run over protestors. He told the citizens they won’t be charged with a crime if they handle the inevitable accident in a certain way. I have some thoughts on this.
This week we’re trying something a little different. I’m joined by former guest and criminal defense attorney Denice Gagner. I’m also joined by nonlawyer and overall good guy Eric Reasoner. We talk about a variety of topics, including police, Serbia, the presumption of innocence, and lots more. Warning for the kiddos: the language and content is explicit. Enjoy!
A couple of years ago I wrote a post about the Seattle Police and their policies regarding the deaf community. My post emphasized the struggles of the deaf population in these interactions, since conveying the language issue for deaf people is different than for non-English speakers. In 2010 partially-deaf woodcarver John Williams had a tragic encounter with Seattle Police that ended with Mr. Williams being shot and killed. Aside from that, and perhaps because of that, law enforcement in this area has not made any news regarding their interactions with members of the deaf community. To which we are all thankful.
Unfortunately that’s not the case elsewhere. Last year NYPD officers arrested deaf woman Diana Williams. Although the police were on some notice she had a hearing disability, they refused her requests for an interpreter. She was jailed for 24 hours without the ability to communicate with anyone, before ultimately being released. She later sued the NYPD for her experiences alleging, among other things, the NYPD violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her lawsuit went well. (more…)
This week I’m joined by my friend and King County prosecutor Paul Sewell. We talk about the effect of charging people with crimes, the roles of defense attorneys and prosecutors, the crucible of law school, and lots more! He was a great guest and we had some great conversation. (more…)
This week I’m fortunate to be joined by the Honorable King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick. Judge Erlick is currently doing a rotation as a juvenile court judge. We talk about juvenile court generally, the kinds of cases and juveniles he sees, and whether the whole thing is working. He’s a very smart guy and I was lucky for the opportunity to hear his thoughts.