Category: Trials

Eliminating the Presumption of Innocence one Reform at a Time

I just read this article which suggests ways courts could “better handle sexual assault cases,” and with apologies to Elliotte Friedman, here are my 17 thoughts. Criminal law deals with society’s denunciation of individual conduct. Crimes are against the State not just

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Don’t Ever Think You’re Not Big Enough

Clients often ask me, “Why do they want to go after me?” They can’t understand why the spotlight is on them. Their charges are small potatoes compared to the real crimes that take place in the country. “Why don’t they

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Trials: Don’t Forget Fairness

This past weekend Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin commented on the need to get “trials heard more quickly” while observing that this was a “constant struggle” because criminal justice is a “complex and difficult business”. Undoubtedly the criminal justice

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