Author Archives: Bill Bickel
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[by Criminal Trial Lawyer Bill Nimmo] Don’t ever underestimate the significance of the preliminary hearing. I am shocked to hear stories where attorneys have not discussed the case with their clients before the day of the “prelim.” Although it is not the discovery tool it used to be, the prelim … Continue reading
You’re driving a truck through Mexico, and in the back of the truck you’ve got 99 illegal immigrants from Central America. It’s illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving through Mexico. What should you not do?
A pair of high-profile murder suspects, at different stages in their dealings with the justice system, have one thing in common: they’ve both got opportunities to cash in on their notoriety. Casey Anthony, as you likely remember, was acquitted last month for the murder of her 2-tear-old daughter Caylee in … Continue reading
[by Kirk Tarman, Criminal Defense Attorney] Like many other defendants, you’ve been thrust into the hostile waters of the criminal justice system without any idea what is going on or what your rights are. Here, then, is a bit of orientation and insight into the wild and wacky world of … Continue reading
Answer: A $2500 computerized tracking device, intended to monitor criminals under house arrest, whose location can be determined within minutes via a satellite-based Global Positioning System. Question: What was a really foolish thing for a Wisconsin man to steal?
In 2001, Oklahoma led the United States with 21 executions, 13 of which were prosecuted by Bob Macy, Oklahoma County’s district attorney (with the support of Joyce Gilchrist, director of the Oklahoma City Police Department crime lab, whose findings invariably supported whatever Macy needed). When Mark Fuhrman, former LAPD detective … Continue reading
Wednesday, the Central Bucks School District ruled that Philadelphia teacher Natalie Munroe, suspended earlier this year for writing several blog posts complaining about her students (with comments such as “My students are out of control. They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners”) has the right to keep her job. The parents … Continue reading
In an effort to reduce the possibility of inappropriate contact between teachers and students, a provision in a new Missouri law (signed by Governor Jay Nixon on July 14) prohibits K-12 teachers from “friending” current and former students on Facebook or having similar one-on-one relationships on other social media. Maintaining … Continue reading
[by Stuart Kirchick, Criminal Defense Attorney, Santa Clara County] As a second year law student in 1988, I attended a conference of criminal defense attorneys in San Francisco where half the day was devoted to discovery procedures for the disclosure of informants. In discussing the subject, each prominent attorney proudly … Continue reading
[by Randy Moore, Attorney at Law, Santa Clara and Alameda County CA] I recommend that anybody confronted by police exercise their constitutional right to remain silent and not incriminate themselves. Why? It was commonplace in Nazi Germany to hear “you will talk if you have nothing to hide.” The shocking … Continue reading