What Does ROR Mean?

Chances are, you’ve heard of posting bail. But what is ROR, and what does ROR mean in court? As a defendant, here’s what you need to know about this type of release. What is ROR Bail? First, you need to understand what bail is. Bail is a monetary condition of pretrial release that requires you to deposit a certain sum [...]

By |October 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on What Does ROR Mean?

The GOP’s Due Process Epiphany

When I read Christine Flowers' op-ed in the Herald yesterday supporting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ newly proposed rules on how to handle campus sexual assault allegations, I couldn't help chuckling to myself. It's incredible how the Trump administration (and Republicans in general) have all of a sudden become the champions of due process rights and the "wrongly accused" in the [...]

By |November 28th, 2018|Categories: Due Process|Comments Off on The GOP’s Due Process Epiphany

The Emperor Wears No Clothes | What Right to Counsel?

In his biting piece on underfunded public defender offices, John Oliver excoriates our criminal justice system for giving lip service to the constitutional right to counsel. And once again, Florida is the punchline. I highly suggest watching the whole clip, but if you want to skip to the part about Florida, watch from 12:36. As he does with so many [...]

By |October 1st, 2015|Categories: Criminal Justice Reform|Comments Off on The Emperor Wears No Clothes | What Right to Counsel?

The Thin Line Between Entertainment and Reality

Before this one, I had never been involved in a case that had been featured on “The First 48.”  The more I learned about the case—and how the show insinuated itself directly into the homicide investigation—the more disgusted I became. During my cross-examination of Detective Bosch, I was literally flabbergasted at the things that I learned. Among them: the detectives [...]

By |February 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on The Thin Line Between Entertainment and Reality

The Paradox of Our Criminal Justice System

Yes, innocent people do get convicted. Granted, the segment of the population that has the most contact with the criminal justice system is the criminal element. And the truth is that most people who are convicted are in fact guilty. But it’s the process by which these criminals are convicted that is of paramount importance to us all. As the [...]

By |November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on The Paradox of Our Criminal Justice System

Celebrating 13 Years

I adopted Roxie 13 years ago from a PetSmart in Kentucky, in the summer of 2000—about a month before I started my firm. I had just left the Public Defender’s Office and was embarking on a new chapter in my life. Over the past 13 years, a lot has happened: I have become a boss, a homeowner, a husband, [...]

By |August 18th, 2013|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Celebrating 13 Years

Victory in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

I am very happy for my client who received good news today: we won his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. At trial this summer, I was able to convince the judge to dismiss the more serious count of the indictment, but I was not able to persuade her to dismiss the marriage fraud count. [...]

By |June 20th, 2013|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Victory in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

The Thin Line Between Reality TV and Reality

Over the weekend, I was quoted in a Miami Herald article about the reality TV show “First 48.” The article highlights some of the ways this “reality show”—which is supposed to document homicide investigations—has actually ended up hurting them. The problem with programs like “First 48” is that they compromise the integrity of police investigations [...]

By |May 20th, 2013|Categories: Police Misconduct|Comments Off on The Thin Line Between Reality TV and Reality
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