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Criminal Defense Attorney

Durst's Apparent Confession to Murder: To Be or Not to Be

Steven Brill | Posted 04.07.2015 | Crime
Steven Brill

Although there are some questions about Durst's meaning and mental state, the prejudice does not substantially outweigh its probative value of the statements. And as for the meaning, each side is free to argue their interpretation.

The Grand Jury When It Comes to Ferguson and Staten Island

Steven Brill | Posted 02.04.2015 | Crime
Steven Brill

While the impetus behind the highly charged reactions to these grand jury decisions and racial arguments warrant real debate and focus, an equally glaring issue in the Brown and Garner cases is the way in which the district attorneys presented the cases to their respective grand juries.

Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.

When Art and Real Life Collide in the Courtroom

Steven Brill | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

At an increasing rate, federal prosecutors are seeking to introduce rap videos, made by the charged defendants, as relevant evidence in their attempt to prove the elements of the crimes charged.

Ryan J. Reilly

GOP Lawyers Keep Silent On Republican Governors' Attack Against The Legal Profession

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a lawyer, and these days, with his administration and reelection campaign facing multiple investigatio...

These Are the 10 Most Psychopathic Jobs in America

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.06.2014 | Weird News
Michael Shammas

As an aspiring lawyer, I suspected it all along, but now my suspicions have been (unfortunately) confirmed: We're all crazy. A ranking compiled by O...

Stop the Presses! Let's Wait for the Evidence

Steven Brill | Posted 03.25.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

Certainly, a hot button issue in New York City has been, and will remain, any news connected to the 9/11 attacks. News that might relate to the first-...

Killers, Hidden Bodies and Lawyers' Ethics

Tung Yin | Posted 03.24.2013 | Crime
Tung Yin

Our criminal justice system, in which the prosecution has the burden of proving the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, works best when defense attorneys zealously represent their clients using all legal means. When would they cross the line?

When Criminal Lawyers Go to the Edge

Joel Cohen | Posted 11.14.2011 | Crime
Joel Cohen

In July, 2011, Levi Aron allegedly kidnapped, killed and dismembered the body of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn. What lawyer would want to represent him? And if a lawyer does undertake such representation, what lawyer would boast about it?

States Are Increasingly Imposing Fees On Poor Criminal Defendants Who Use Public Defenders

USA Today | Kevin Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

States increasingly are imposing fees on poor criminal defendants who use public defenders even when they can't pay, causing some to go without attorn...

Loose Lips Sink Ships, But Should John Gotti Jr. Have Testified In Order To Avoid Another Hung Jury?

Joseph DiBenedetto | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joseph DiBenedetto

As a defense attorney who has followed the case and once represented Peter Gotti, I can't help but wonder, "Would there have been a different result if John Gotti testified on his own behalf?"