A Learning Moment on The Art of Conversation: Facts, Opinions and Judgment for Non-Lawyers: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

people often hate having conversations with lawyers. why? because they know how to win arguments. this blog post will assist “non-lawyers” on why lawyers win, how they too can be a “winner,” and share the “teaching moment. ” lawyers are taught to understand the fundamentals of fact, opinion and judgment. a justice system designed toContinue reading “A Learning Moment on The Art of Conversation: Facts, Opinions and Judgment for Non-Lawyers: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

A Truthful Witness Can Be Brutal: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

both civil and criminal trial witnesses are wild cards. they are the box of chocolates. you never know what you are going to get. three decades of trial experience has brought me to the first two essential words of trial testimony: “pandora’s box.” in essence, keep things clean, simple and to the point. trying toContinue reading “A Truthful Witness Can Be Brutal: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Phone Call That Destroyed the Me-Too Agenda: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

“Senate Democrats released a statement on Friday saying the allegations are “serious and deeply troubling,” based on what is in media reports. They said due process should run its course and that they will refrain from further comment until more details on the charges are released.” azcentral.com when the arrest of a prominent state politicianContinue reading “The Phone Call That Destroyed the Me-Too Agenda: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Comment That Was Both Despicable and Correct: Venue Means Everything: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

if i was the new york criminal court judge on the matter, public defender sarah burleson would have been asked to approach the bench. i would have demanded her to apologize to the court, to the victim, to the victim’s family, and to the people of new york, for the comment she made. if iContinue reading “The Comment That Was Both Despicable and Correct: Venue Means Everything: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

A Monkey’s Tale of Aggression: A Ten Commandments’ Story

animal’s social behaviors exposes humanity’s roots. a pet monkey socially dominated a family. this monkey’s social climb tells us much about personal interactions and our society. a family told their story on a youtube video. they brought a monkey into their house essentially consisting of the mother, a daughter and a son. the family wasContinue reading “A Monkey’s Tale of Aggression: A Ten Commandments’ Story”

A God Dog Moment: A Ten Commandments’ Story

it was an old blind dog on its last paw of life. this arthritis airdale terrier spent most of its days laying down. its owner, a forensic psychiatrist, would bring the dog to work. this psychiatrist reported on one of my legal cases. occasionally, i would depose the doctor. a deposition is an informal courtContinue reading “A God Dog Moment: A Ten Commandments’ Story”

NY School Chancellor Makes No Bueno Decision Concerning an Unprincipled Principal: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

public school principals exert tremendous power over both employees and students. principals can impact both parents and children. principals act on both matters of discipline to class assignment which can impact a child’s academic trajectory. likewise, principal can impact both teachers and school staff. principals have the power to subject to them to discipline, unfavorableContinue reading “NY School Chancellor Makes No Bueno Decision Concerning an Unprincipled Principal: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

What Happens When Promises Go Gaga? A Doggone Moral Debate Ensues: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

a dog-napping, an attempted murder and a debate about promises. when lady gaga had two of her dogs stolen, she proclaimed a “no questions asked‘ $500,000 reward for her two stolen dogs.” independent. her offer was shocking on multiple levels. first, she reward did not address the capture of the dognappers who nearly killed herContinue reading “What Happens When Promises Go Gaga? A Doggone Moral Debate Ensues: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Look Who’s Lying Now: The “Liar’s Dilemma”: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

as a trial lawyer of 3 decades, there are special moments that can occur with an adverse witness on the stand. i call it the “liar’s dilemma. ” the “liar’s dilemma” occurs when the witness is trapped into a position in which it no longer matters whether they answer in a truthful fashion. they haveContinue reading “Look Who’s Lying Now: The “Liar’s Dilemma”: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Does Size Matter When It Comes to Theft? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

the ten commandments’ provision for thou shall not steal is clear. there is no provision that a little theft is permissible. in fact, little thefts have huge impacts on the most vulnerable in society. often, homeless people have their possessions stolen. such theft creates a greater hardship than a small theft occurring of a wealthyContinue reading “Does Size Matter When It Comes to Theft? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”