A Jurist is one who has thorough knowledge and experience of the law, especially an eminent judge, lawyer, or legal scholar. First things first, a little definition/word origin refresher; A lawyer is a person who practices law, whereas a judge is a person who presides over the law. Lawyer - One versed in law, one … Continue reading What Makes A Good Jurist?
If your blog is going to thrive and grow, it has to at some point break out of its original parameters. I have decided to add some context(crime stories) from my days as a criminal defense attorney with the public defender. Some details have been changes to protect involved parties. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" … Continue reading Tales from the Crimeside
I have worked as both a public defender and as a prosecutor. While I consider them to be two sides of the same coin, the world does not. The jobs are actually very different. One answers to the public, the other to the individual. A prosecutor builds cases, block by block. Cementing together the elements … Continue reading White Hat/Black Hat
I started out my adult life firmly rooted in the underbelly of society. It seemed a natural fit for me to stay on that side of the tracks even after I became an official member of society. The Cook County (ie. Chicago) Public Defenders Office is a trip. I loved it. The office has over … Continue reading Soldier in a Righteous Army
Law - Here at last I found the juxtaposition of my various strengths and interests. Some combination of juvenile traits, stubbornness, machismo, vanity, had a legal education as third on my list behind the military and politics. Fate is a funny thing. I have always had a head for unorthodox thinking and a deep seeded … Continue reading Why The LAW?