Category Archives: Trials

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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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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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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The Continuing Saga of Systemic, Prosecutorial Misconduct in Orange County, California

We encourage our readers to carefully follow this unfolding story.  http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/appeals_court_considers_removal_of_orange_county_das_office_from_case_over_/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_email Misconduct by a lawyer, at any level, is troubling but misconduct on the part of those representing the government strikes at the very heart of our freedom. In our … 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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Sorry Your Honor, IDK What that Means — LOL.

Language by its very nature is imperfect and imprecise. On top of its inherent ambiguity, we are constantly using language in new and inventive ways adding to the trail of confusion. A recent Consumer Reports car review described a vehicle … Continue reading

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Re-elect Mark Ober, State Attorney

Every now and then you hear something that makes you scratch your head. We just had that reaction when we heard that someone has decided to run against Hillsborough County State Attorney, Mark Ober. Like most of us, most of … Continue reading

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