June 2006

As I noted in a post a couple of days ago, I had taken a respite from blogging for a few weeks.  As I read posts that interested me, I saved them, thinking I would be able to go back and use them as fodder for future posts.  One unexpected but interesting byproduct of this practice

This is off topic, but I couldn’t resist.  Ran across this quote from Thomas Jefferson: “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

Notwithstanding the proclaimed allegiance to the wishes of the founding fathers (and Jefferson qualifies, doesn’t he?), the war

The title is a lie.  There is no such thing as an “American jury.”  There are juries from Cook County, Illinois or Los Angeles, California.  From Dothan, Alabama to Union County, West Virginia.  From Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon.  From Seattle to New York.  And everywhere in between.  Okay, so we all know juries are

Riskin  Gerry Riskin is brilliant.  He is a gifted thinker, but even more significantly, he has the uncanny ability to express important and bold thoughts with such clarity that even the most skeptical find themselves moving to precisely the conclusion Gerry has reached.  I have seen him accomplish this with large audiences.  I have seen

Good trial lawyers always “war game” their trials.  “If this happens, here’s what I’ll do.”  I use “visioning” as a tool to prepare for cross examination, trying to imagine every answer to every question so I can “see” what I will do in response, or decide I don’t want to incur the risk of going

But without the fanfare associated with Michael Jordan’s return to the Bulls on March 18, 1995.

But still, I’ve been away from this blog for a while.  For those interested, it was time for some introspection.  So while I haven’t been writing, I have been thinking and reading, and thinking some more.  I wonder where