D.C. Superior Court Criminal Calendar: 2019 Judicial Assignments

January 2, 2019

Felony 1 Calendar Judge Ronna Beck, Room 316 Judge Danya Dayson, Room 318 Judge Craig Iscoe, Room 313 Judge Milton Lee, Room 302 Judge Juliet McKenna, Room 215 Felony 2 Calendar Judge Steven Berk, Room 321 Judge Kimberley… Read More

Police Officers as Neutral, Disinterested Witnesses

December 30, 2018

I like most of the police officers I work with.  Access to body worn camera footage has also given me greater respect for what they do:  I have seen them deal with volatile and potentially dangerous situations with sensitivity and respect.  But this notion of police officers as neutral, disinterested third party observers who testify impartially on behalf of the government is ridiculous. The officers do pick a side – and it is the government’s. 

Impeachment on Personnel Records

December 9, 2018

Q:        If you lost your body worn camera, you could get written up for that, right? A:         Yeah, if you lost it, yes.  But in this situation, it was knocked off or fell off, whatever have you –… Read More

Lists

November 24, 2018

I sit across from a colleague in her office at the Public Defender Service in D.C.  A list of names from the jail is on her desk.  Some of the names have been crossed out.  Others have been… Read More

Imperfect Impeachment and Kamala Harris

September 21, 2018

It is my Kamala Harris moment. You recall her questioning of Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing.  She sets him up carefully:  Q:  Judge, have you ever discussed Special Counsel Mueller or his investigation with anyone? A:  Well,… Read More

The Rule on Witnesses at a D.C. DMV Hearing

August 29, 2018

DEFENSE:  Before I begin my argument, I’d like to invoke the rule on witnesses. HEARING EXAMINER: The what?  The rule on witnesses? DEFENSE:  Yes, sir.   The sergeant has concluded his testimony.  He will be a witness against my client… Read More

The Reconstituted CJA Panel in D.C.

May 29, 2018

 Every four years, D.C. Superior Court re-establishes the panel of criminal defense lawyers who are eligible to accept court appointments.  The first re-establishment occurred in 2010 and the second in 2014. Chief Judge Robert Morin just issued his… Read More

Your Desk, By The Window

May 28, 2018

“I am in.”  This is what my niece Meg says as she forces open a window on the first-floor and crawls into the building.  She comes around to the front door to let the rest of us in. … Read More

“He does not see the bend, behind, that will take him from view”

January 26, 2018

“Davon” is dead. This is what his former social worker tells me. I don’t ask for details. That would be rude. Besides, I am pretty sure I already know the answer. Davon was 13 years old when I… Read More

“No Questions, Your Honor”

January 24, 2018

When it comes to cross-examination, I consider myself a minimalist. I figure out what I need from the witness. I tell my version of the story. And I ask the witness to agree with me. Some lawyers have… Read More