Client acquitted of destruction of property

September 8, 2019
D.C. Criminal Defense lawyer

The evidence suggested that our client intended to exit the store, not damage property. There was also a question as to who actually broke the door.

“The person giving you free legal advice is an idiot”

September 6, 2019
D.C. criminal defense attorney

I have four questions for the person who is giving free legal advice. Are you a lawyer? Do you do criminal defense? Do you do criminal defense in D.C.? If so, are you an idiot?

“You do not know how to read a Google Map?”

D.C. criminal defense attorney

Q:        So you followed him back to his house? A:         I didn’t follow him.  I was on my way to my mother’s house.  She lives in that area.   Q:        You told police that your mother lives on B Street, right? THE COURT:    Is that… Read More

Unlawful entry: Barring notice must be valid

September 5, 2019

In unlawful entry cases in which the defendant is charged with violating a DCHA barring order, the underlying order must be authorized by D.C. statute.

“Present Sense Impression” in Sims v. United States

August 25, 2019
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

In addition to contemporaneity and spontaneity, the proponent of a “present sense impression” hearsay exception must prove that the declarant personally perceived the event described.

Mike knew we loved him

August 23, 2019

Mike O’Neill of “Mike and Heather” has died. We drive up to the wake in Lansford, Pennsylvania. It is reassuring to see Heather and their four adult children.

Police officers are not neutral and disinterested witnesses

August 20, 2019
D.C. criminal defense attorney

It is true that police officers have no stake in the outcome of the case. But they are hardly neutral and disinterested witnesses.

On being fired as a criminal defense lawyer

August 19, 2019
D.C. criminal defense attorney

Although it is no fun to be fired by an unhappy client, there is no excuse for contradicting the client or for betraying client confidences.

Re-cross examination in Green v. United States

July 30, 2019
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If the government introduces new evidence during re-direct examination, the defense has a constitutional right to question the witness about that new evidence.

Unlawful Entry in Rahman v. United States

July 29, 2019
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The court found in Rahman v. U.S. that remaining in a restaurant for 10 minutes after being asked to leave was sufficient to be found guilty of unlawful entry.