Bias and Corruption in Jones v. US

December 6, 2021
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Bias can be “a favorable or friendly feeling toward a party.” It can also be hostility toward someone, a motive to lie out of self-interest, and/or corruption.

Beating an attempted drug possession case

December 3, 2021
Aerial view of DC

Now that DFS has lost its accreditation, the government is looking for creative ways to prosecute drug possession cases, including amending the charges to attempted possession. There are equally creative ways to counter this strategy.

Cross-examining a GRU officer

November 30, 2021
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I won a motion to suppress in a drug case yesterday.  The win was particularly gratifying in that it involved the notorious gun recovery unit (GRU) from the Metropolitan Police Department.   One of the lead officers for the GRU… Read More

On reasonable suspicion in Funderburk

October 23, 2021
D.C. skyline

Police had the requisite legal basis – reasonable suspicion – to assume that one of four people present after gunshots were heard was the shooter.

People are contrarian

October 21, 2021
U.S. Capitol building

People are, I believe, naturally contrarian. The question is how to use this phenomenon to your advantage at trial.

On Judicial Notice and Mejia-Cortez

September 20, 2021
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

Although a court may take “judicial notice” of commonly known facts, the government must still prove every element of a criminal offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

Criminal Division to expand operations

August 30, 2021
DC Superior Court front

The Criminal Division of D.C. Superior Court will expand in-person operations beginning on Tuesday, September 7.  

On the importance of being heard

August 11, 2021
Francie Hester art

The Zulu greeting “Sawubona” translated literally means “I see you.” Because it is important to be seen.

Is it a ledger? Or is it an address book?

July 23, 2021
Baltimore graffiti

One man’s address book is another person’s ledger.

Reaching out to clients during the pandemic

July 11, 2021
Baltimore graffiti

Reaching out to clients during the pandemic: Sometimes what I need to do is just listen.