Category Archives: Courts

Jury Trials in Criminal Cases Must Never Be “Virtual”

We will keep saying it until our courts come to their senses!!! Holding “virtual” jury trials, particularly in criminal cases, is a dangerous move that should not be countenanced. Let’s begin with the basics by reviewing the definition of the … Continue reading

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DOJ Plans Increased Use of False Claim Act for Covid-19 Fraud

  In a recent speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Legal Reform, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Civil Division, Ethan Davis, elaborated on the enforcement priorities for the Department’s Civil Division for … Continue reading

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Don’t Fence Me In

We commend to your reading this interesting article by journalist, Liz Brody. https://onezero.medium.com/googles-geofence-warrants-face-a-major-legal-challenge-ac6da1408fba In this article, Ms. Brody highlights the increased used by law enforcement of geofence warrants. A geofence warrant requires a company, such as Google, to provide information … Continue reading

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Rethinking financing our communities

As people across our communities are engaging in dialogue about police practices, it is important to note that injustice permeates our system in other ways. This interesting article from The Hill highlights the inappropriate reliance of certain jurisdictions in fines … Continue reading

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A Hopeful Decision

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision holding that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against gay and transgender workers is significant in a number of ways and we leave it to those who are more knowledgeable than us in matters … Continue reading

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A Reckless Decision

According to the Charlotte Observer, federal courts in the Western District of North Carolina will resume holding jury trials this week. This decision by the Chief Judge of that federal judicial district has been roundly criticized by legal experts including, … Continue reading

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The Undisputed Truth about Smiling Faces – Thoughts on the Use of Facial Recognition

I couldn’t help myself — in 1971, The Undisputed Truth (and The Temptations) released the song, Smiling Faces Sometimes. It is interesting that in 2020, the undisputed truth and faces (more precisely facial recognition software) are making a comeback. Face … Continue reading

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“I’m going back to the border where my affairs ain’t abused” — Elton John, 1970

In a victory for those of us concerned about the erosion of privacy rights in the digital age, we commend to you this recent United States District Court opinion entered in Alasaad, et al. v. Nielsen, Sec. of the US, … Continue reading

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Thank You to My Fellow Hillsborough County Lawyers for Selecting Me as Tampa’s Top Criminal Defense Lawyer

This month I was honored by my peers by being voted as Tampa’s top criminal defense lawyer. I am truly touched by this and while I am very proud of the work we do, I know there are a number … Continue reading

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End Arrest Fees

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a practice in a Minnesota county of  charging a $25 “booking fee” to those who have been arrested, regardless of whether they are later acquitted or even formally charged.  … Continue reading

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