Completely off topic and, by proclamation of Judge Daniel Steckel of the 4th Judicial District, I am on vacation. Next stop – Coeur d’Alene and the local triathlon Saturday.  Then it’s off on my bike with my bride (and 350 close friends) for a 450 mile bike ride throughout Northern Idaho and Montana. 

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 Our friend Ellison Matthews died over the weekend and on the Idaho Criminal Defense Lawyers list serve the stories and memories regale him. I share here what I shared there – because Ellie was a wonderful man. 

Years ago Ellie, Nevin, Garry Gilman and I were in a trial with a guy who favored a big hat. The Hat had


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 Laura Silsby is still sitting in a Haitian jail while a judge decides whether to order a trial on charges that she tried to take children from Haiti to the Dominican Republic who she believed were either orphaned or abandoned. The new charge is "arranging irregular travel." You will recall that she and other Idaho missionaries were in Haiti, ostensibly


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 I am a huge fan of 37 Signals and their product line of mind-freeing, software-killing, reality-driven SOLUTIONS. There, I said it – SOLUTIONS. As lawyers, we tend to only see problems. Problems are meant to be solved, not lawyered, and sometimes we simply forget the value in achieving something. Recently I had a case in which my client was charged


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