Toronto Woman Arrested for Assaulting Police Officer With Bubbles

With thanks to Jonathan Turley of the Res Ipsa Loquitur Blog, here is a video of a Toronto woman apparently being arrested for assaulting a police officer with bubbles. If this had happened in Philadelphia (at least under… Read More

On Simple Assault in Washington, D.C.

[While on vacation, I am reposting some of my favorite entries from the past year.] Your client works downtown.  He and his wife commute together every morning into town on the metro.  The two of them are boarding… Read More

Congressman Etheridge and Simple Assault in D.C.

While the YouTube video is now posted all over the Internet, I first found out about Congressman Etheridge’s altercation with two students when checking out my website stats through Google Analytics.  I found that visits to the Simple… Read More

Self-Defense in a D.C. Assault Case

Self-defense is the use of force to protect oneself, one’s family or one’s property from a real or threatened attack.  It is an affirmative defense, meaning that the defendant has the initial burden of raising it. In D.C.,… Read More

When Police Officers Commit Assault

It’s a little blurb on page two of today’s Washington Post sports page, so you know it’s not real news. It begins with a quote by the defendant’s public defender:  “It’s probable he consumed too much alcohol.”  Then… Read More

Simple Assault and Deferred Sentencing Agreements (DSAs) in Washington, DC

The standard diversion program for a first-time offender of simple assault is a “deferred sentencing agreement.”  According to this agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant, the defendant agrees to plead guilty to the charged offense. The defendant then… Read More

The Difference Between Robbery and Burglary in D.C.

How many times have you heard someone complain that he or she has been robbed?  A person returns home from vacation and finds a backdoor broken and a computer missing.  Oh my goodness, dear, we’ve been robbed!  A… Read More