Limiting recross examination in Sanchez v. U.S.

Jamison KoehlerEvidence, Opinions/Cases, Trial Advocacy

D.C. Superior Court judges do not typically allow re-cross examinations.  Yes, you have a constitutional right to confront witnesses against you in a criminal proceeding.  But, with judges enjoying widespread discretion to oversee the proceedings, this right is not without its limits.   The defendant in Gabriel Sanchez v. United States, 287 A.3d 1241 (D.C. 2023), was charged with Assault with Intent to Kill …

Trump at Resolute Desk

On character and grace

Jamison KoehlerCurrent Events, Evidence

Donald Trump’s problems go beyond a lack of manners or character. He is also a sociopath. He does not learn. He has no shame. He is driven only by immediate self-interest.

D.C. criminal defense attorney

Hearsay through the eyes of our law student

Jamison KoehlerEvidence

When it comes to hearsay, there is only one phrase you need to keep in mind: Hearsay is an out-of-court assertion offered for the truth. If it doesn’t satisfy that definition, it is not hearsay.