The “Rule of Lenity” in D.C.

June 12, 2022
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According to the “Rule of Lenity,” a court should construe any ambiguity in the language of a criminal statute in favor of the defendant.

On working with indigent criminal defendants

May 13, 2022
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Five tips for representing indigent criminal defendants: (1) never push a plea, (2) don’t defend the system, (3) never contradict your client, (4) a light touch often works best, and (5) a thick skin will prevent burnout.

Online DUI Programs and Courses in D.C.

April 3, 2022
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Find out more here about online DUI programs and courses that have been approved by the Office of the Attorney General in Washington, D.C.

On the “Claim of Right” Defense in D.C.

March 14, 2022
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Although “claim of right” is a valid defense to robbery and other theft offenses, the defense fails when the defendant takes more than the property whose ownership is in question.

Webex Login for D.C. Superior Court Criminal Division Courtrooms

March 11, 2022
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Here is the information you will need to log in by Webex video or phone to D.C. Superior Court Criminal Division courtrooms.

D.C. Superior Court Criminal Division: Judicial Assignments for 2022

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Here are the 2022 Judicial Assignments for the D.C. Superior Court Criminal Division

The “forfeiture-by-wrongdoing” doctrine in Hairston

December 13, 2021
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Under the ‘forfeiture-by-wrongdoing doctrine, a defendant forfeits his Sixth Amendment right to be confronted by a witness against him, as well as his objection to the introduction of hearsay, if he wrongfully procured the unavailability of that witness with the purpose of preventing the witness from testifying.

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
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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