Getting the rules of evidence wrong in HBO’s “The Undoing”

December 11, 2020
Nicole Kidman on witness stand

It can’t be much fun to watch a legal drama on TV with my wife and me. We understand the need to keep the story moving. But you need to get certain basics correct.

Will I go to jail for shoplifting in D.C.?

D.C. graffiti

It is extremely unlikely that anyone but the most habitual offender will serve jail time for shoplifting in D.C. This is particularly true during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mandatory vs. statutory minimum sentences

December 4, 2020
D.C. criminal defense attorney

Both mandatory and statutory minimum sentences set a term of imprisonment that must be imposed. The difference is that a statutory minimum sentence can be suspended.

Trump as tragic hero

December 3, 2020

Like Oedipus, the classic tragic hero who was felled by his excessive pride and self-righteousness, Trump has been done in by his own personal failings. I am convinced, for example, that but for the fallout from Trump’s narcissism, he would have gone down in history as a successful two-term president.

“Touching” versus “feeling” in Augustin v. United States

November 15, 2020
D.C. Court of Appeals foyer

For purposes of the misdemeanor sexual assault of minors statute, the D.C. Court of Appeals refused to limit the definition of “touch” to the act of “feeling” with one’s tactile senses — through, for example, the use of one’s fingers, hands, genitals or other sensory organs.

CPO hearings and some DV trials begin again

November 11, 2020
DC Superior Court Family Court entrance

Civil protection order (CPO) hearings begin again in D.C. Superior Court. Trials in misdemeanor domestic violence (DV) cases in which the defendant is in custody will resume in December.

D.C. Superior Court will remain closed for most purposes

November 9, 2020
D.C. Superior Court

With the pandemic continuing to rage, and no end in sight, D.C. Superior Court will remain closed for most purposes through January 15, 2021.

Judicial Assignments for 2021: Criminal Calendar

October 25, 2020
DC Superior Court front

Here are the recently posted judicial assignments for the D.C. Superior Court Criminal Calendar for 2021

Clearing/sealing/expunging a criminal record

October 12, 2020
criminal background check image

Everything you need to know about clearing, expunging or sealing your criminal record in anticipation of background check for employment, adoption, immigration, volunteer opportunity or gun license.

MAGA hat

Nonnie Moore painting

A close relative — someone I have admired my entire life — is photographed wearing a red MAGA hat. It is one of the most upsetting photographs I have ever seen.