The two best words for any criminal defense lawyer and any defendant – NOT GUILTY. Heard them again to day in the case of State vs. April Rice. Ms. Rice was charged with grand theft after she received a check from the County that belonged to the estate of another person. Eight months after it was deposited into an estate
Continue Reading State Security Manager NOT GUILTY of Theft of $31,000 from Ada County Treasurer’s Office

OK – I get it. If you are the Prez’ and you ran on a scare platform that crime is rampant in the streets and makes it more likely you will be murdered in Chicago than you will find an empty Starbucks in Seattle, you’ve got to get tough on crime! So the Donald’s new AG is not fooling around.
Continue Reading AG Sessions directs get tough on crime campaign

Oh man, has it really been that long since I last posted on this blog? I feel like I need to go to confession – “Forgive me father for I have sinned, it has been eight months since my last blog post….” But enough about that, instead, let’s start with some success – in the Air Force. Last summer I
Continue Reading Recent action – “CPT Pete” goes back to the courts-martial circuit – Wins!

I am packing for the weekend and watching a little TV news this morning, and from that box a witness to a fatal shooting in Louisiana offered this explanation for the dramatic killing of a black man by a police officer there: “Officers threw him to the ground, got on top of him and shot him dead.” So it would
Continue Reading “Officers threw him to the ground, got on top of him and shot him dead!”

The decision whether to waive a preliminary hearing, and give up a review of the probable cause determination, can often be a tough one for clients to make. Every client hopes a win at preliminary hearing means the whole case goes away before it really ever started. Unfortunately, the truth is the State’s burden at a preliminary hearing is so
Continue Reading The preliminary hearing – to waive or not to waive, that is the question.

After a fully contested prelim by which the State barely had enough evidence to establish probable cause, and after we found witnesses to contest the basic premise of the State’s case against Jack Holland, a weather man for a Twin Falls television station, the State today filed its motion to dismiss. Included within that motion is this proclamation:

“As part
Continue Reading Twin Prosecutor – “it is the State’s conclusion Mr. Holland … did not commit the crime of rape…”

Strong sentencing arguments are critical in every case. Every single case. Regardless of how you find yourself in a sentencing hearing – after a conviction by a jury or a judge, or through a plea agreement – your chances at being placed on probation or being locked up will often hinge on your attorney’s ability to advocate effectively and convincingly.
Continue Reading Is your lawyer doing enough for you at sentencing?

In my split brained world a month or so ago, I had just finished watching another episode of The People vs. O. J. Simpson and reading an article in the New York Times describing the Supreme Court decision overturning a 1987 death penalty case in which prosecutors had, according to every Justice except Clarence Thomas, excluded potential jurors who were
Continue Reading “I’m not trying to be respectful. I’m trying to win.” Johnnie Cochran.

Yesterday I was complaining to Courtney and Will that we needed to get writing. “Why haven’t you two been posting anything to the blog? It’s not like there isn’t interest out there about our cases and the law generally!” Then I looked at my posts – or the lack thereof this year. Where does the time go?

Most recent court
Continue Reading How can it have been so long since I last posted? Answer – too much to do, too little time!

After 35 years practicing criminal defense, I am sometimes cynical about our system of justice. Prosecutors overcharge offenses in an attempt to prompt a plea from defendants. Defendants are seldom “presumed innocent” in the eyes of the arraigning judge, many of whom impose restrictions on pretrial release that are as onerous as the penalty for the crime they have not
Continue Reading Record Number of False Convictions in 2015 – Who Says You Don’t Need the Best Lawyer You Can Afford!