Social Media and Technology

Why I Post Late At Night And On Sundays

February 4, 2014 Criminal Law Bloggers

Ever since Google discontinued its reader, I have relied on “Feedly” for my daily dose of blog reading.  You enter the URLs for all of the blogs you want to follow into the system, and Feedly organizes the “feeds” for you.  Three entries are highlighted at the top of the page under “top stories.”  The […]

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“You are an insignificant nobody”

December 3, 2013 Social Media and Technology

“Please leave your name and number and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience.” At my earliest convenience?  Are you kidding me? Would you leave such an obnoxious, my-time-is-more-important-than-your-time message on your voice machine? On the aggravation scale, this is even worse than the “I’ll push my religion on you” greeting “Have […]

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September 18, 2013 Social Media and Technology

Over on Facebook, Matt Kaiser laughs about having used an emoticon for the very first time in an email.  I laughed too when I saw this.  Although I used to share Matt’s apparent distaste for emoticons (they seemed so gimmicky and cute), it is only recently that I have begun to appreciate their value.  We […]

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Unnatural Consequences: The Price of a Tweet

May 3, 2013 Current Events

Guest Post by Mary Anne Brush We can all agree that smart kids sometimes do stupid things. Studies show that the teenage brain is not fully developed, which leads to impulsive decision-making. And who doesn’t believe an important part of raising children with character is holding them accountable for their actions? I work at a […]

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Welcome to My Porn Site: The Risks of Having an On-Line Presence

March 8, 2013 Social Media and Technology

There are some really sleazy people on the Internet. And, despite what the marketers tell you, having an on-line presence can sometimes be a challenge. I have been sued for a million dollars for something I posted on this site. Almost two years later, that suit is still pending. I have had some crazy guy […]

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How To Increase Blog Traffic

December 4, 2012 Criminal Law Bloggers

H/T Kendall Gray  

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Why Prosecutors Love Social Media

October 3, 2012 Social Media and Technology

This, from Prosecutor’s Discretion, says it much more persuasively than I ever could: Facebook, Twitter, Myspace (anyone use that anymore?), google+.  I’m on record by saying I love them all. People need to brag about their crimes and what better way than in writing on Facebook. They love to threaten witnesses. They connect with a group of friends, which […]

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The Questions People Ask To Access My Site

July 9, 2012 Social Media and Technology

Although I check Google Analytics almost daily for my website traffic numbers, I will occasionally also check to see which search terms people used to access my site. There were three questions I thought were noteworthy from this morning’s traffic.  The first two had to do with my wife:  “Is Susan Burke attorney married?” (you […]

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Cue the Radiotape

May 25, 2012 Discovery

I am a middle-aged man with some life experience. I have been doing criminal defense for a while now. Just yesterday I posted how many police officers “editorialize” when testifying. Still, I continue to be surprised – each time anew – every time a police officer gets up on the stand and lies. I should […]

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Groundhog Day at the CVS

May 18, 2012 Evidence

It is a snippet of life from a CVS store in the District, viewed again and again through 15 different surveillance cameras. There is a 5-minute view from one camera – say, for example, at the entrance of the store. When that 5 minutes is up, you go back in time like the Bill Murray […]

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