On Zealous Representation and Public Defenders

Jamison Koehler Law Practice, Legal Concepts/Principles, Professional Responsibility/Ethics

  I will remember this.  This is what the prosecutor promises you. In another context, she could be intending this as a threat.  As in:  I will get you back for this.  In this case, she is trying to entice you into making a concession, and she is putting you on notice that she has a long memory.   She …

D.C. skyline

A Public Defender Just Doing His Job

Jamison Koehler D.C. Superior Court, Trial Advocacy

  I am watching Mani Golzari of the D.C. Public Defender Service cross-examine a police officer at a probable cause hearing. Of all the cross-examinations I have either done or seen this past week, Golzari’s is undoubtedly the best. Golzari was a rising superstar when we worked together at the public defender’s office in Philadelphia, and he is even better …

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A Public Defender with a Sense of Humor

Jamison Koehler Criminal Law Bloggers, Law Practice

A couple of weeks ago, I complained about the lack of criminal law blogs done by women.  I also bemoaned the fact that, with a few exceptions, there do not seem to be many public defender blogs that don’t sound preachy, sanctimonious, and put-upon.   Yes, you’re a public defender.  Yes, the caseload is overwhelming.  Yes, the pay is pitiful.  And …