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Street Crime or White Collar Defense?

What do white collar criminal defendants have in common with their more pedestrian counterparts on the mean streets of any major city? And why do so many criminal defense attorneys seem to limit their practices to one set of clients
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Mexico

Having just returned from teaching trial advocacy in Mexico City with a phenomenal team of American and Mexican lawyers*, one is reminded that our oral, adversarial system of justice can be successfully adapted to, and adopted by, other judicial traditions.
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The Young Trial Attorney

  Be quick, but don’t hurry. – John Wooden   For any defense attorney a criminal trial is a balancing act. A criminal defense attorney must tailor the message for the jury selected, but still aggressively pick apart the allegations
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My View From Here

Many years of practice.  Many clients.  Many trials.  What have I learned, and what would I wish to pass on to those with whom I have come into contact?  First and foremost, I have learned that human nature does not
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To Testify or Not to Testify? That Is the Question.

Over the past five weeks we have defended three different clients in three different jurisdictions, including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.  In every one of those cases, whether involving arson, murder, or sexual assault, our clients
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What Are the “Odds” of Beating the Government?

Whether expressed or implied, every client wants to hear what his or her chances are for success in their case.  How an attorney answers that question oftentimes sets the tone for the relationship to come.  And yet, there is no
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Who’s the Best Lawyer in Town?

Who is it? Well, the simple answer is that the best lawyer for one person’s needs may not be the best for another’s.  Within any particular city or area of practice, there is no clear-cut answer.  That is why it is
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The Ethics of Fear

Trial attorneys do not deal simply with trials.  Rather, there are real human beings involved who must be shepherded through a frightening gauntlet of accusation, evidence, motions, and trial, all the while facing the sickening potential for loss of freedom
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Jury Selection: “Voir Dire”

While there are many regional differences in the pronunciation of the term “voir dire,” jury selection is an important and integral part of the American legal system.  Whether  conducted by the court or by counsel, by general questioning or specific
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Pre-Trial Detention vs. Release on Bond

Once accused of a crime, be it federal or state, individuals are subject to detention pending trial.  Although holding facilities such as county jails and contract institutions may provide for basic needs including housing, food, and medical attention, no one would
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