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MAR-A-LAGO-ING TO PRISON? (Worst Case Scenarios if DJT ends up in the BOP)

We are all still reeling from the monumental events at Mar-a-Lago last week.  Everyone is presumed INNOCENT until proven guilty and there’s still so much we don’t know about what’s going on. But the search and seizure of the former president’s residence is unprecedented &  historic. Therefore, it’s important to consider the potentially monumental sentencing…

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“It’s a Real Life”: A Former Client’s Redemption Story

Helping us get Set for Sentencing this week, an amazing human who happens to be not only a former client, but also the subject of my first full-on sentencing mitigation video ever produced in Federal Court, almost twenty years ago! I am so grateful that Dustin Arnold agreed to share his incredible journey from gifted…

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Digging Deep With Defense Maps

Understanding, let alone telling, your client’s story can be a daunting task.  Lawyers often lack the time and resources to peel back the layers of a client’s life and properly put their offense in context.  Thankfully, they now have a free, powerful, comprehensive and confidential tool to help get the job done – Defense Map.…

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Question Everything: Computer Forensics at Sentencing

In a criminal case, the contents of your computer can be your saving grace or the nail in your coffin.  This is particularly true in cases involving online offenses. But, taking the government’s word for what they found during the search of your devices is a very bad idea! Helping us get Set For Sentencing…

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Sentencing Psychodrama!

Helping us get Set for Sentencing this week, Patrick Barone, a phenomenal Michigan criminal defense lawyer and certified practitioner of psychodrama, a powerful and popular tool used in psychotherapy. Done right, lawyers can deploy psychodrama techniques in and out of court.  It gives us a new path to discover credible and heartfelt ways to reframe…

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Stories From the Frontlines of Justice: From Prosecution to Defense

Helping us get Set for Sentencing this week, extraordinary defense attorney and fantastically empathetic human, Ashley Adams.  Ms. Adams brings a unique perspective, having spent several years as an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting predominantly white-collar offenses. This episode is jam packed with incredible information, great stories, new ideas, and tons of heart.  It also…

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Understanding Autism at Sentencing

At least 1 in every 54 Americans are on the Autism Spectrum.  But prosecutors and judges often fail to understand what Autism is, why those on the spectrum can be morally blameless for the crimes they have committed, why they are they unlikely to reoffend, and why sending them to prison is cruel and unusual…

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YouTube Bonus Episode: Sedition Edition!

The 1/6 hearings are in full swing. We don’t know what will come of it. What we do know is that there have already been two major indictments brought by the DOJ alleging the crime of “Seditious Conspiracy”. But, it is a total mystery what kind of sentences a judge may impose if convictions ensue.…

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Narrative is Everything at Sentencing!

Lawyers are fundamentally problem solvers; and narrative is, as Dr. Randy Olson tells us, is “a series of events that occur in search of a solution to a problem.” So, if you want to persuade decision makers to reach the right result at sentencing, you must communicate in narrative. Helping us get set for sentencing…

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