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So, in a different vein, I finally got off my butt this winter and did something. Not a full blown adventure, mind you, but I got out of the house. We took the kids to the local winter carnival where they sat on ice bears, rode down slides made of ice, ate hot dogs and jumped in a bouncy house. It is just about February and the light is about to change. The next four weeks are going to be okay but then March will be here. I know that will be 8 weeks of me being cranky. Crap, I wish we had the money to just get out of here for a week of two in March or April. Alas, I will just have to put up with it. We are gaining about 40 minutes a week of light so the change is incredibly dramatic. And while the rest of the world will be enjoying Spring, I will feel like I will be going insane from the never ending winter. Then BOOM! May will be here. Interns will arrive. Friends are coming up to do some gold panning. Fishing. Camping. Hiking. Yes, yes I know it is still January. Perhaps it is just …
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So, I want to scream sometimes. Seriously. Let me give everyone out there two pieces of free legal advice. First, stop consenting to searches! Just stop. I don't care what the cops 'threaten' you with. Better to pay a tow bill or spend a night in jail than consent. You have the right to say "no". Especially when you know your car is full of drugs or weapons, just say NO! For God's sake. Let's play a little game. Cop: can I search your car? You: Do you have a warrant? Cop: No, but if you don't consent I will get one and tow your car and detain you. You: You do not have my consent. You may not search. Simple right? For God's sake people. Second. Stop talking. I am going to teach my children that the ONLY words out of their mouth when approached by a cop are to be: I WANT A LAWYER. That's it. No explanation, no delay, no substitution. I want a lawyer. You have no statements to make. Yes, you can give your name. Yes, you need to p…
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So, I haven't been blogging much. It is a combination of everyone in the house being sick as hell, the lack of 'adventures' this winter and the general sense of dissatisfaction that I am suffering from. I asked to be transferred out of Kenai to Ketchikan but, after adding up the cost of moving, had to decline for now. I wish I could talk about the reasons for my personal and professional feelings but I simply can't for the most part. Some of it is the usual bitches of always being broke, living in a town with more police per capita than anywhere else on Earth, and the job of defending the Constitution generally. Some is more specific, and that will remain between me and those of you who know me well. This feeling is not uncommon for me: what is more rare is the almost overwhelming sense that I need to change some parts of my life. I hope to resume with the blog about living in the most amazing place in the world soon, but for now, you will have to understand th…
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So, every once in a while I just hit a brick wall as a Public Defender. It all just feels so helpless and frustrating. From the place I work, to the clients and the general state of the law itself. Take for example, this case. http://www.vpr.net/npr/132869081/When the Supreme Court allows this it will mean that ALL the cops will have to do to kick down your door and put a gun in your face is say they heard a toilet flush. Maybe smelled pot. Yeah, yeah, say I am overreacting. The implications are staggering. There is a slow grind in this country from freedom to a police state. Look at this example. http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110110/us_yblog_thelookout/students-as-young-as-six-ticketed-by-police-in-texas-schools Kids as young as 6 being dealt with by the police. Yeah, yeah, blame the parents. But the point is that it is seen as OKAY for the cops to deal with kids. I don’t want the police anywhere near my kids. Ever. But in today’s America it is okay to let the police de…
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So, happy new year. 2011 should be a big year for me and my family. First, the Court should rule in the next few weeks on the girls PFD argument. If they prevail, and the State does not appeal, the State owes the girls around $9,000 or so. I don't have to tell you what a big difference that would make, not to mention the $3000 or more that would come this fall. I bought 3 bags of groceries tonight. $85. So, yeah. Second, I have my little house for sale and that may bring some money in so that we aren't aching every month. On a professional level, the Court should rule on my new trial motion in the Eacker case. See http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/010211/new_764542153.shtml. That case will either go onto appeals or I will be gearing up for a murder trial again. Not to mention the other cases I have going...it never ends as you can imagine. This will be the first year in a long time when J is not pregnant or with a brand new baby and I have promised the girls that the sum…