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So, I keep hoping to wish Spring into existence. Yesterday I picked up 6 laying hens and this morning I converted my shed into a chicken house. Kadee got to pick up the first egg. I even went and bought a couple of flourescent lights to start seeds under. Alas no. The yard continues to look like this.
As it is this Spring is going to be crazy for me. I start a trial this Monday. Last week I was assigned the second chair position on a cold case murder from 1982. That trial starts March 31 and is scheduled for a month. It is currently set in Seward, which could mean a month away from home if the venue is not changed. Fascinating case. I sometimes wish I could talk about my work more. I also have a serious sex assault case that looks like it will need to be tried. Both of those cases are almost full time jobs in and of themselves. I am also going back to Victoria for a few days this Spring. The kids are growing up too fast. Alyssa stood up for the first time last Sunday and is now crawl…
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So, let me tell you something incredibly stupid about practicing law in Alaska. Some clown in the Department of Law has to approve certain plea bargains. I had a DA go to this clown and ask to reduce a very, very serious case of mine. Lots of reasons for that request that I can't get into obviously. The Department of Law clown said 'no'. Now my client is looking at 20 years minimum for a bullcrap charge. Some of Alaska's sentencing laws are total BS, which I will write more about. Tomorrow I am going in to file a half dozen motions I have been sitting on. This is total BS. I may lose but this is going to be total war. Can you tell I'm agitated?
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So, Jesse and I went out to Nurses cabin last night. It is my goal to visit every cabin the National Wildlife Refuge. We got to tool around Tustumena lake too. I'll tell you this much: my machine scares me. I don't pretend to be some hot-dogger when it comes to these things. That 800 can move! I was going across lake ice and got too scared to go above about 85 MPH. I know the machine tops out at 126 MPH but I can't imagine going that fast. Tustumena lake is so cool. There was just nobody out there but us and the wolves. We were not lucky enough to see one but their tracks were everywhere. I can only imagine how big they were based on the tracks.
Anyhow am now back home and cleaning all the equipment. It got so warm it rained last night. My bag is waterproof but Jesse was driving like a maniac and it fell off the sled. The snow is melting and it looks like break-up out there.
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So, I made another brilliant financial move. I have this little rental house. The renters fell behind. So they traded me a 2002 Arctic Cat ZR800snowmachine for some rent. I felt like Steve Martin in Planes Trains and Automobiles (one of the best movies ever). I don't have $42.50 but I have $17 and a hell of a nice watch. I convinced Jesse to go get a sled too and he bought one this week. We just couldn't take it anymore. As he put it, "everytime I hear a snowmachine it feels like someone is shitting in my ear". Well said. Winters are long here. So I added another financial drain. But. But. It is super fun. Today Jesse and I went to Tustumena Lake. Tomorrow we are going to spend the night in Nurses Cabin (pictured here). The advice I would give to anyone who might want to move to Alaska is to have the money for a few of the toys. Or be prepared to borrow. Perhaps if some of my friends who came up hadn't minded handing over their pay checks to the bank they would…
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So, I just got back from Homer. I was doing a felony DUI trial. I won the DUI count but lost on the refusal count. In Alaska the police cannot force you to give your breath or blood like they can in California. But the refusal is a seperate crime and, if convicted of both, the refusal carries a consecutive sentence. I feel bad for my client who only refused because of mental health problems. But it was nice to beat the DUI charge when the cop was so adamant she was DUI. As I told the jury "I'm not here to defend the idea of driving under the influence but it doesn't do anyone any good to convict my client when the State has failed to meet their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt". It was nice to stay in Homer as I am still of the opinion that it is one of the most beautiful places in all of Alaska. As usual pictures do no justice. I am really looking forward to exploring Katchemak Bay this summer in the (now hopefully working without a problem) boat. Not…