Funeral Service for Louis Barnett to be Held April 21

April 17, 2015 D.C. Superior Court

Louis Barnett died on April 13, 2015 of a pulmonary aneurysm. My understanding is that Barnett and his wife were in the midst of a home renovation when his wife found him at the bottom of the basement stairs. A funeral service will be held in Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the First Baptist Church […]

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Every Prosecutor Should Experience the Humiliation and Discomfort of an Arrest

April 14, 2015 D.C. Superior Court

Your client is charged with Leaving After Colliding – Property Damage.  This is the technical way of saying that he is charged with “hit-and-run” or “leaving the scene of an accident” as the offense is known in other jurisdictions. Your client is a professional with a pristine driving record. He has never been arrested before. […]

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Bob Dylan at the Lyric

April 12, 2015 Miscellaneous

My wife and I have tickets to see Bob Dylan at the Lyric. This is good news. I like Bob Dylan. And although my wife may not be terribly enthusiastic about his music, she is always happy to go out. Besides, the Lyric is just a couple of blocks from our house. We won’t need […]

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Teneyck v. U.S.: What is Significant Bodily Injury Under the Felony Assault Statute?

April 9, 2015 Assault

The D.C. Court of Appeals has issued a number of opinions over the last couple of years in which it has refined the definition of “significant bodily injury” under D.C.’s felony assault statute. In Nero v. United States, for example, the court found that a bodily injury was significant when a bullet passed through the […]

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Interesting Advertisement from Criminal Defense Attorney

April 6, 2015 Law Marketing/Networking
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Koonce v. D.C.: Stationhouse Videos in DUI/OWI Cases Are Discoverable

April 4, 2015 DUI and Driving Offenses

And sometimes the D.C. Court of Appeals gets it just right. For years, the Office of the Attorney General in D.C. has argued that stationhouse videos of suspects in DUI/DWI cases are not “discoverable”; that is, that they do not need to be preserved and turned over to the defense under D.C. Superior Court Rule […]

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Racist, Xenophobic Police Officer Having A Bad Day

April 3, 2015 Current Events

You have to admire the Uber driver’s restraint.

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Solo Practitioners Don’t Have A Jackie Frankfurt

March 26, 2015 Appellate Practice

We had a tremendous support network at the public defender’s office in Philadelphia. There were social workers and mental health professionals. There were administrative staff focusing on probation, parole, and the expungement of criminal records. If you had a question about a particular point of law or opinion, there was a whole group of appellate […]

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And Sometimes We Get Outlawyered

March 17, 2015 Trial Advocacy

We like to think that the fate of our case will rise or fall depending on our lawyering. Placing us at the center of everything, this perception helps our egos.  It also suggests complete control:  We are guaranteed victory if only we work hard enough.  And that is reassuring. Sometimes, however, we win not because […]

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The Coin, Rubbed Back To Newness

March 13, 2015 Miscellaneous

Our son is home from college. The front door opens and there he is:  Tall and slender, like Telemachus standing in the doorway of the shepherd’s hut. There is the pile of clothes in his bedroom, the groan of pipes as he turns off the shower every morning, and the male voice rumbling from the […]

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