Category: Criminal Defense

Guest Appearance on “Know Your Legal Rights”

I will be appearing as a guest on the radio show, “Know Your Legal Rights,” on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. The topic will be the “sovereign citizen” defense. If you don’t have time to listen live, the program archives shows for two years.

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What Happens When Cops Lie?

The perennial problem of the conviction and imprisonment of innocent people has been receiving more and more attention these past few years. Some innocent people have been exonerated when DNA analysis (not available at the time of their convictions) has established that they are not the perpetrators. Other innocent people, convicted on the basis of [..]

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Was President Trump’s Pardon of Sheriff Arpaio Constitutional?

Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution provides that the President “shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” But the Constitution also provides for separation of powers between the three branches, and citizens also have certain rights under the Constitution, including [..]

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Banksy Subjects UK Voters to Potential Criminal Prosecution

I have never written about UK law before, but I couldn’t resist this, especially since it involves Banksy, subject of the intriguing 2010 film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Apparently, Banksy recently offered to send voters in certain districts this free print in exchange for proof that they had voted against the Conservative candidate in their [..]

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On Shackling

People charged with a crime are legally presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But the law does allow restraining accused people under certain circumstances. For example, the court may require a defendant to post bail (or a bail bond) before the defendant is released, to insure his or her appearance at trial. [..]

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