“(Judge) Smith said he wouldn’t consent to delaying the trial for any reason “up to and including a zombie apocalypse”.

Federal District Court judges wield an awful lot of unappreciated power. I was joking with a colleague about the “tells” they use – a ‘menacing cough’ came up more than once. Early in my career, I hadn’t been able to read a room that well. One judge actually told me to “stop talking” because “you’re […]

Our Constitutional Right to Counsel Protects Individual Rights

The right of every person to counsel and a jury trial protects us from the over-reach of powerful government and private interests. Yahoo News provides an important reminder. American Founders Knew: Right to Counsel Is Fundamental The right to counsel is a core American principle pre-dating the establishment of American jurisprudence. Our founding fathers experienced […]

It’s Banned Book Week and Mike Royko’s Birthday!! Savor the irony.

Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what the heck is really going on. Mike Royko On a related note, George Orwell’s 1984 is the most banned book in history. I love that To Kill A Mockingbird is high on […]

I’ll Say It Again, Trial Lawyers: Don’t Scream At The Judge.

Trial lawyers don’t win every argument in front of every judge. And, yes. Some of those losses come on significant issues and important cases. But here’s the thing: there are prescribed ways to deal with those disagreements. You can respectfully present that option to the judge and let him or her know that there are […]