Is it a ledger? Or is it an address book?

Baltimore graffiti

One man’s address book is another person’s ledger.

Cross-examining a pro se petitioner in a CPO case

Baltimore graffiti

Trying a case — in this case, a CPO hearing — against an unrepresented party is always an experience.

Call me Mr. Reasonable

Francie Hester art

I suspect that my remote-hearing persona may be more adversarial than my in-person one. And this concerns me: What does this say about me?

A “chance encounter” at the airport

D.C. criminal defense attorney

Q: Well, let me spell it out for you. At the airport, you showed up out of the blue, uninvited. Just like in the song. A: I had no idea she and her boyfriend would be there.

A “no-lose” question at a CPO hearing

CPO in DC Court

You have to love the “no-lose” questions on cross-examination. Yes or no. You win no matter how the witness responds.

The stupefied police officer

D.C. criminal defense lawyer

Police officers have all the answers on direct examination. The clarity and animation disappear when it comes time to answer questions from the defense.

Truth=good. Lie=bad.

D.C. criminal defense attorney

Complaining witnesses lie on the stand. This never ceases to amaze me. They could be telling the absolute truth about events that led to the criminal prosecution. But when they get on the stand and they are challenged on details during cross-examination, they abandon the truth.

I try cases

D.C. criminal defense attorney

I have taken 63 cases to trial since 2015. I have secured outright acquittals in 23 of these cases – roughly 37 % – and partial acquittals in an additional 8.

I like Mr. Williams

Graffiti used to demonstrate expungements from a D.C. criminal defense attorney

There are tons of criminal defense lawyers eager to tell their war stories. But how many people have been acquitted of a felony criminal offense?

Police officers should not be advocates

D.C. criminal defense attorney

Police officers have an instinctual unwillingness to agree with a defense attorney. Call me old-fashioned but I think it should be “just the facts, ma’m.”