D.C. Overhauls Disorderly Conduct Statute

Disorderly conduct laws made national news in 2009 when Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested at his home for “loud and tumultuous behavior in a public place.” Gates, who is African American, claimed racial profiling. The… Read More

The “Stet Docket” in D.C.

One of the best programs for first-time offenders in D.C. is the “stet processus” or “stet docket.” Stet is Latin for “let it stand.”  Stet processus means “let the process stand.” The terms of a “stet docket” are… Read More

Extortion in D.C. and Virginia: An Endangered Criminal Offense?

Extortion is one of my favorite crimes, a fact which, I have to admit, is usually not much consolation to the person who gets me on the phone worried that he/she may be charged with it.  At the… Read More

D.C.’s Criminal Gang Statute To Be Tested

Trial begins today in D.C. Superior Court on a case that will test D.C.’s new criminal gang statute.  According to the Washington Post, five men who are allegedly members of the Todd Place crew are charged with killing… Read More

Sealing Criminal Records in D.C.

While people charged with a crime tend to worry a lot about the case when it is still open, they try to put the whole experience behind them when the case is over.  First-time offenders may therefore fail… Read More

Erik Prince Meet Susan Burke

My wife Susan Burke heads to the United Arab Emirates this weekend to depose Blackwater Founder Erik Prince as part of one of her civil lawsuits against him. As reported in yesterday’s New York Times, Susan has brought… Read More

D.C. “John School” Prostitution Diversion Program Discontinued

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. has just discontinued the “John School” diversion program, effective August, 2010, for prostitution solicitation.  Prior to that time, people charged with soliciting a prostitute paid a fee of $300 and attended a… Read More

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

Q’orianka Kilcher Arrested for Disorderly Conduct/Unlawful Entry

How great is it to live and blog in D.C.?  We get all the fun stories. The Washington Post reported this morning on the arrest of Peruvian actress Q’orianka Kilcher earlier this month for chaining herself to the… Read More

Disorderly Conduct: D.C. Court Narrows The Scope

Disorderly conduct is a really annoying charge. The first problem is that the offense is usually so broad and poorly defined that it is too easy for police to charge and too easy for the government to prove… Read More