D.C. Superior Court

Keeping Score in Room 113

May 24, 2015 D.C. Superior Court

If ever I fancied the notion of becoming a judge, I changed my mind after spending another day in domestic violence court last week. The judge in Room 113 of D.C. Superior Court – where civil protection orders are handled – is two things that I am not. First, she is very smart. This is […]

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“You Look Thinner In Real Life”

May 5, 2015 D.C. Superior Court

If ever I thought a person’s vanity might diminish with age, I have proven myself wrong: I am every bit as vain today as I have ever been. The problem is that the vanity now leads mostly to humiliation. And things are only getting worse. So I am particularly pleased whenever I hear something positive […]

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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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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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Court-Appointed Lawyers Who Are Too Busy Should Lighten Their Case Load

March 5, 2015 D.C. Superior Court

I will not take cases away from the Public Defender Service. How can I take someone’s money when that person is already getting top-notch legal representation for free? I am trying to make a living. But I also have to live with myself. The other day, for example, I got a call from someone seeking […]

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Job Security is Not Always a Good Thing

February 5, 2015 D.C. Superior Court

Sour.  Unprofessional.  And extraordinarily slow at everything she does. That is my assessment of the woman who sits at the reception desk on the 10th floor of the Office of the Attorney General.  She reminds me of everything I didn’t like when I worked for the federal government many years ago. I complain about the […]

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On the Criminal Defense Attorney Who “Knows” all the Prosecutors

January 19, 2015 D.C. Superior Court

“I can get you a good deal because I know all the prosecutors.” This is what one of my competitors says to a potential client.  I know this because the client tells me.  She wants to know if I can get the same results for her. There are three things wrong with this statement. First, […]

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James Colt is Superman

December 3, 2014 D.C. Superior Court

I am a fan of D.C. criminal defense attorney James Colt.  It is not only his name, which sounds like it was pulled from a Harlequin romance.  It is also that he is a pleasant guy and, from what I can tell, a very good lawyer. Now there is this:  I am standing by the […]

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Watching Amy Phillips

November 8, 2014 D.C. Superior Court

She is assertive without being aggressive. She knows when to push and when to hang back. She is pleasant and well-spoken. She does her homework. She is committed to her clients while keeping a sense of humor. As an avid student of the law, she is always ready to talk things through with you. She […]

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