Mitigation Evidence

Mitigation Evidence

Mitigation evidence is critical to successfully representing a criminal defendant in any jurisdiction.  These materials are substantive documents that document a defendant’s good character, reputation, and achievements.  Such materials take many forms to include, but not limited to: character letters…

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Motor Vehicle Searches

Motor Vehicle Searches

The U.S. Constitution guarantees that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by…

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COVID-19 As Basis For Bail

COVID-19 AS BASIS FOR BAIL

As of March 17, 2020, COVID-19 has infected at least 200,000 people worldwide, and has led to over 10,000 deaths.[1]  Within the United States there are 15,219 known infections and 201 deaths.[2]  Sadly, these numbers continue to grow rapidly.  As…

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Removing a Judge From a Case

Removing a Judge From a Case

Courts, like Caesar’s wife, must be not only virtuous but above suspicion.  U’Ren v. Bagley, 245 P. 1074, 1075 (Or. 1926). In the past, courts indulged in the fiction that a judge was above allowing his or her personal interest…

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