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On Roses, Scam Artists, and Criminal Defense

Jamison Koehler Miscellaneous

  A number of years ago, while on vacation in Miami, my family and I were sitting in a restaurant when a man approached the table and handed my then 15-year-old daughter a paper rose.  Angered by the intrusion, I took the rose from my daughter and tried to hand it back to him.  The man refused to take it.  …

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How Criminal Charges Can Jeopardize a Security Clearance

Jamison Koehler Other Criminal Offenses

  Of all the collateral consequences of a criminal arrest or conviction, one of the issues of greatest concern in the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area could be the effect of an arrest or conviction on a person’s security clearance.  After all, with many military personnel and defense contractors living in the area, there are many people here who require a security …

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A Wedding in Sarzeau

Jamison Koehler Current Events

The French have always brought out a certain competitiveness in me.  Maybe it’s because I know they view us Americans as crass and cultureless.  It was therefore with some pleasure that I read about the discomfort they felt when we elected Barack Obama to office; they realized that, unlike us, they were not yet ready to elect a member of …

Explaining the Rakofsky Defamation Suit on an Application

Jamison Koehler Humor

Filling out an application can be a painful process for anyone who has ever been arrested or convicted of a crime. What specifically is being asked? What is an honest response? And how can I put this response in the best possible light so that it doesn’t torpedo my chances of having the application approved? Most applications used to ask …

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The Blackwater Fraud Trial: Ode to Plaintiff’s Counsel

Jamison Koehler Current Events

The Blackwater fraud trial begins tomorrow. For the next two weeks or so, my wife and her team will be sequestered within a two-block radius of the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, commuting between their hotel, their temporary office, and the courthouse. It is a David and Goliath confrontation right out of Erin Brokovich or A Civil Action. If you …

Drinking Ouzo at the Hotel Coronis

Jamison Koehler Current Events

During a couple of summers while in college, I worked as a bartender at a hotel bar in southern Greece. It was not a big place – just a couple of tables and three or four stools at the bar. Most of our customers were hotel guests who came in for a quick drink before dinner:  vacationing Greeks from Athens, …

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Anna Quindlen on the Fortune of Today’s Graduates

Jamison Koehler Current Events

  I am a long-time fan of Anna Quindlen.  Here, courtesy of The New York Times, is an excerpt from her recent commencement address at Grinnell College at which she was in typically fine form: Your parents, proudly here today, and their parents before them, perhaps proudly here today, understood a simple equation for success:  your children would do better than …