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Retained criminal defense attorneys deliver results that are objectively better than those of other types of criminal defense attorneys. “I’m retained on this one.” Numerous times during my career as your local prosecutor, defense attorneys approached me about settling their clients’ cases and opened the conversation with that sentence. At the time, I had never […]

I started to write a column about the differences in results delivered by appointed criminal defense attorneys, public defenders, and retained private attorneys. Before I start contrasting the results, I need to run a column first that explains the different types. When a person is charged with an offense, he has several options how to […]


“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” That is the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. I am an enthusiastic but fairly recent convert to emphasizing the Second Amendment or believing that […]

My least favorite part of any newscast is “celebrity gossip.” Nonetheless, a story from that segment inspired this column. The story of Britney Spears and her conservator recently dominated the celebrity gossip. However, I never heard anyone explain what a conservator is or does. Britney’s case was handled under California law. I’m not a member […]


The Kyle Rittenhouse trial and verdict have America talking about self-defense. Self-defense is an example of an affirmative defense. An affirmative defense is one other than a denial of any fact alleged on the indictment. It’s called an “affirmative” defense because it’s only an issue if the defendant brings it up. Even if the prosecutor […]