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Blacks on the witness stand in Georgia in 1962: The Unsworn Statement Jay, I read your your twitter I was very interested in the one picture you posted about how slaves collecting the offering in church had to have one hand behind their back to keep them from stealing. Most jurors didn’t know about the […]

The United States Supreme Court has held that the Sixth Amendment requires “at a minimum, that criminal defendants have . . . the right to put before a jury evidence that might influence the determination of guilt. [Citations.]” (Pennsylvania v. Ritchie (1987) 480 U.S. 39, 56.)  Exclusion of necessary defense evidence is subject to due […]

In American jurisprudence it suffices that the testimony of one witness who is believed is sufficient for a conviction.  The Bible disagrees.  The Bible says the following in Deuteronomy 19:15, as it relates to criminal inquests and prosecutions: “A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in […]

Why is it forever necessary for one to defend a career choice?  On the Defense of Criminals is my personal statement, taking a historical and political view of why one would undertake the defense of criminals, and why every lawyer should, at least once in their career, undertake the endeavor. On the Defense of Criminals; An […]

How the “Original Pornographers,” the Mitchell Brothers fixed Dennis Roberts’ Corvette, given to him by the fake DB Cooper, only to have it totaled by Hunter S. Thompson.  Oh, yeah, and a murder trial. Criminal defense attorney Dennis Roberts is famous for representing the Chicago 8, more frequently called the Chicago 7, as a motions attorney […]