Missouri officials to reveal grand jury’s decision on teen’s shooting | Reuters.
While the world waits for the Ferguson Grand Jury decision to be announced….. The Constitution intended the grand jury to stand between the prosecutor and the ordinary citizen – it was supposed to protect against hasty, malicious and oppressive prosecution. Most legal scholars agree that the grand jury has not been true to its original purpose. These days grand juries are frequently considered to be the rubber stamp of the prosecution. “This great institution of the past has long ceased to be the guardian of the people for which purpose it was created at Runnymede. Today it is but a convenient tool for the prosecutor — too often used solely for publicity. Any experienced prosecutor will admit that he can indict anybody for almost anything… read more →
Being accused of child molest or other sex crimes involving children is probably one of the scariest things a person could face. Not only are you terrified of losing your family and your good name there is the possibility of going to prison and the stigma could follow you for the rest of your life. I defend a lot of people who are accused of different kinds of sex crimes. Often times I start working on their case before charges have been filed. Sometimes we are able to persuade law enforcement not to file charges. Other times charges are filed and we have to defend against them in court. In either instance my clients and I often face the same battle, dealing with misconceptions. I… read more →
I love my job. I love being a criminal defense lawyer but it can be a hard job. I care about my clients and I care about what happens to them. The criminal justice system can be terribly unfair. Prosecutors can and do underestimate the power they weld and the influence they have on people’s lives. Judge Jed Rakoff is a judge in the Southern District of New York. He was the judge who disapproved of the foul smelling deal between the SEC and Wall Street banks – only to be overturned. Today Judge Rakoff published an article detailing why innocent people plead guilty. Every word of what he wrote is true. He spells out how little information the defense has when they are confronted with the… read more →