Category Archives: Ethics

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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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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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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We Support the ABA’s Call for the Abolition of For-profit Probation Companies.

It seems to us that certain things should be obvious to rational thinking human beings.  One such thing is that the business of administering criminal sentences should never be that – a business. A necessary component of living in organized … Continue reading

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It’s Not Our Expectations, it is Our Courts’ Interpretations that are Unreasonable (but there is hope — see the update at the bottom)

ORIGINAL POST: I don’t think anyone would argue that protecting our privacy these days is getting harder and harder, largely because we can’t control the way other people track our movement.  Take traffic cameras, for example, I never agreed to … Continue reading

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