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Blog Posts in May, 2016

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  • Impeachment of Law Enforcement Officers (Part II)
    Impeachment of Law Enforcement Officers (Part II)

    A previous post looked at the concept of witness impeachment generally and how a witness’s credibility can be attacked. When the witness is a law enforcement officer (as is often the case in a ...

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  • Impeachment of Law Enforcement Officers (Part I)
    Impeachment of Law Enforcement Officers (Part I)

    In the vast majority of criminal cases, the guilt or innocence of the criminal defendant comes down to the testimony of one or more law enforcement officers. If the judge or jury (whoever is hearing ...

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  • When Can (or Should) I Retain a Lawyer in a Criminal Case?
    When Can (or Should) I Retain a Lawyer in a Criminal Case?

    It should be common knowledge that having the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer can mean the difference between an acquittal and a conviction. Defendants represented by counsel ...

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  • Do Cheeseburgers Constitute Adequate Provocation?
    Do Cheeseburgers Constitute Adequate Provocation?

    A Florida man is charged with first-degree murder after allegedly killing his brother in an argument that started over a cheeseburger. It is alleged that the man and his brother were home together ...

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  • Can the Prosecutor Treat My Codefendant and I Differently?
    Can the Prosecutor Treat My Codefendant and I Differently?

    A foundational principle of American society is that of fairness – that is, that two similarly-situated individuals should be treated in a similar manner. Our sensibilities become offended – and ...

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  • Discovery Sanctions in Your Criminal Case
    Discovery Sanctions in Your Criminal Case

    In legal parlance, “discovery” refers to the exchange of certain information between litigants before a trial occurs. In a civil lawsuit, both the plaintiff and the defendant have an obligation to ...

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