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How to Cross Examine Your Child

After twenty years of cross-examining drug kingpins, murderers, and gang members as a prosecutor, and street cops, homicide investigators and informants as a defense attorney, I have finally had to face my toughest assignment:  that bundle of high-energy emotions, opinions and misdirection known as a teenaged daughter.  I have been cross-examining my children for years, trying to get to the truth about who hit whom first, who made a mess in the kitchen, or who spilled the Slurpee on the back seat of the minivan.  A teenager brings it to a whole new level though.  I have had to up my game.  Parents may throw their hands up in frustration trying to find out what is going on with their teens, but there are some techniques borrowed from trial law that work…

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How To Talk to A Sociopath…

Lawyers who practice criminal defense wear many hats.  Those who visit our offices arrive there in many ways.  Some have been falsely accused.  Some are productive citizens who made a bad decision.  Some create legal problems through immaturity and will ultimately grow and learn through their brush with the law.  Some of them, well…let’s face it, are sociopaths.  Many estimate that three percent of all people are sociopaths.  Whether you practice law or not, it is an important life skill to know how to deal with them…

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Book Review: House of Cards, by William D. Cohan

A book about the financial crisis of 2008, If well executed, will tell a tale of business intrigue, social commentary, and human drama.  House of Cards strikes that balance well by telling the story of Bear Stearns, one of only two major investment houses which failed and were not bailed out in the crisis of 2008.  The story begins with the story of the founding fathers of Bear Stearns who largely scrabbled their way to wealth from poor backgrounds.  It ends with the the firm in ruins during the throes of the financial crisis of 2008…

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How I Know American Democracy Will Survive.

Imagine that your plane crashes in a remote jungle.  The survivors huddle outside of the wreckage.  As dawn breaks, you realize that you have two choices.  You can wait for help which might never come, or you can set out on foot for civilization.  The decision will decide life or death for the group.  How will the group choose?  How would you choose?  The answer to that question depends on…

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Why Sue the Weed Store?

Marijuana has entered the legal world in more ways than one.  Trial lawyers across the country are studying the marijuana business to prepare for lawsuits against it.  Whether you are a fan of marijuana or not, the fact is that legalization of a widely used drug will bring many consequences that we will not understand until they are upon us.  Like tobacco and opiods, the final battle for or against marijuana will take place, not in doctor’s offices or the legislature, but in the courtroom. 

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