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A Different Agenda

Posted by on 12:43 pm in Civil Rights, Communication, Court, Criminal, Fifth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Police | 0 comments

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.


Episode 12: Variety Talk with Denice and Eric

Posted by on 7:57 am in Constitution, Court, Criminal, Noah Weil, Podcast, Police, Traffic Ticket | 0 comments

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!



Hearing Impaired Woman’s Police Disaster

Posted by on 10:56 am in Civil Rights, Communication, Police | 0 comments

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…)

Episode 11: Prosecutor Paul Sewell

Posted by on 12:53 pm in Communication, Court, Criminal, Judges, Jury, Negotiation, Office, Podcast, Procedure | 0 comments

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…)

Episode 10: Juvenile Court with Judge John Erlick

Posted by on 7:09 am in Court, Juvenile Court, Podcast | 0 comments

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.


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When Your Lawyer Doesn’t Have Your Back

Posted by on 3:44 pm in Communication, Criminal, Drug Law, Funny | 0 comments

Martin Shkrell made the news earlier this year when his company raised the price of a drug used to combat toxoplasmosis by over 4,000%. His decision was lauded by some and decried by others. But maybe it made good business sense. I don’t know. I’m a criminal defense attorney, not a drug executive.  (more…)

Episode 9: Five Rules of Advocacy

Posted by on 6:57 am in Communication, Court, Criminal, Podcast | 0 comments

This week on the podcast I’m discussing five rules of advocacy I use. These are the principles I follow whenever I’m arguing for my clients, either orally or in writing. 


Episode 8: Restraining Orders

Posted by on 4:09 pm in Civil, Communication, Court, Criminal, Podcast, Procedure | 0 comments

This week’s episode is about restraining orders aka no-contact orders. They are a really big deal and can get people in a lot of trouble. I talk about how to get one if you need it, how to fight if someone is trying to restrain you, and some past protection order cases.


Bad Review, Really Bad Response

Posted by on 2:10 pm in Criminal, Noah Weil | 0 comments

In the 4th century B.C., Aristotle referenced the “wisdom of the crowds.” This was the idea that the opinions of many were more likely to lead to the right result than the judgment of a few. NPR’s Planet Money did an excellent show on the wisdom of the crowds. Our modern consumerist society relies on the wisdom of the crowds all the time. Specifically, online reviews.


Episode 7: Police Officer Eric Michl Part 2

Posted by on 6:46 am in Civil Rights, Communication, Constitution, DUI, Podcast, Police | 0 comments

This week I finish my conversation with veteran Seattle Police Officer Eric Michl. We talk about staying silent, the joy of defense attorneys, cops not being served at restaurants, and lots more!


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