An Apple Watch Story

I have a friend who ended up in the emergency room a few weeks ago. A PA and a young intern insisted he had a heart issue. He said, repeatedly, he did not. They kept insisting even while looking at a ‘perfect' ECG. Finally a resident showed up, Before he could say a word, she pointed at his Apple Watch, “You tracking anything on that?" My friend, a runner, said , “Sure, pretty much everything, I think.” “Can I see the health app on your phone?” H...

Let’s Talk About Not Talking (and why)

I run into this movie all the time – it’s on at least three cable stations, and it always pops up on streaming service - Richard Jewell . This is a movie I recommend a lot. It’s one I can only hope all my futures clients have seen. It’s amazing that a movie where there’s no arrests, no trial, no courtroom histrionics, no suspenseful appeals has a deeper insight into the criminal justice system than all the Law & Order’s put together. There’s ...

THE SLAP HEARDAROUND THE WORLD

It was impossible to miss when it happened, it's impossible to miss today, it will probably be impossible to miss for months. Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars in front of a packed audience , about nine million people watching on TV, and the hundreds of millions on social media who saw it within minutes. It’s already been broken down frame by frame more times than the Zapruder film. So, what does a criminal defense attorney whose handle...

Self Defense and Assault

This case was just decided in a British court. It may be Great Britain but it’s still a perfect example of the way an assault case often plays out. The Accusation A few years ago a 77-year-old businessman reported that he was alone at home watching a rugby match when there was a “violent pounding” on his door. The door was smashed in and, before he could move off the couch, a 51-year-old London Business School professor that he ‘barely knew’ ran ...

Anatomy of a Successful DUI Defense

Ever wonder what makes a successful DUI defense, well, successful? Here's an almost perfect example. The arrest of a high-profile sports executive at 4:30 in the morning after a party at the hedge fund maven (and NY Mets new owner) Steve Cohen’s house resulted in headlines and the loss of his job. The NY press convicted him on the spot, they saw it as the latest in a long string of Mets scandals over the last few years. The Arrest Zach Scott, the...

The Boss, DUI, and You

It’s almost an urban myth , it’s certainly a misreading of Washington DUI law that a driver has to ‘blow’ a .08 or above on a breathalyzer to be arrested for DUI . You do not. A law enforcement officer pulls a car over because something about it is off. Weaving, veering into the shoulder, hitting the brakes every two seconds, going exactly the speed limit no matter what, a tail light is out. When a driver is pulled over it becomes a matter of how...