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March 2015
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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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23 | Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Undefinition - By Craig Jett
27 | The Current Legal Landscape of the U.S. Government’s Bulk Collection of Telephone Record Metadata, August 2014 - By Mick Mickelsen
29 | Literature as a Portal into Human Nature for the Defender - By Ed & Sara Stapleton
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Undefinition
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

We were trying to pick a jury. The client was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child. The judge was good enough to give each side an hour and a half for voir dire. The prosecutor started her voir dire by telling the jurors how smart she was and that her favorite police show was NCIS.

The Current Legal Landscape of the U.S. Government’s Bulk Collection of Telephone Record Metadata, August 2014
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

After the catastrophe of 9/11, the United States government launched a number of counterterrorism measures, including a program of bulk collection of telephone record metadata.

Literature as a Portal into Human Nature for the Defender
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Lawyers seem to agree that a knowledge of human nature helps in the defense of a criminal case. For example, Leonard E. Davies in his book, Anatomy of Cross- Examination: A History and the Techniques of an Ancient Art, emphasizes “a keen understanding of human nature” as the basis for effective cross-examination. Davies at 285.

Thoughts on Cross-Examination
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Believe it or not, a successful cross-examination begins when clients first hire us as their attorney. First, we should listen carefully to the client, get their full story, and start right then preparing them for their ultimate cross-examination (i.e., assuming they will take the stand).

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By Kenneth G. Wincorn Visit his web page here. Every defense attorney often has the occasional client who says “why should I try this case, it is...