Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Constitution Makes An Appearance In Federal Court

There is too rarely a case in the criminal justice system that causes the collective public to react in amazement at what really goes on in the "no cameras in the courtroom" federal courts of America. I have always said that the reason cameras are prohibited in federal courts is because the government does not want people to see "what really goes on."

This order, my bedtime story last night, will have three reactions. The public will read in amazement that this conduct occurred, defense lawyers will cheer the judge for bringing to light a tactic as common as the sunrise, and prosecutors will call it an "isolated indident."

As usual, Scott Greenfield woke up earlier than me today and said it best.

Read the order. Make copies for your friends. If you haven't send holiday cards, send this instead. And read Scott's post.

Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense lawyer in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. Read his free ebook The Truth About Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please visit

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