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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“Tell me a story”, Says Former Federal Judge Nancy Gertner!

My colleague Alan Ellis travels the country interviewing judges about the most (and least) persuasive elements of sentencing advocacy.  In a recent article published in Law360, Mr. Ellis conducts an extensive interview with Judge Nancy Gertner.  It’s an essential read for all criminal law practitioners.  The full article can be accessed HERE.  The following are…

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The 3 “Rs” of Sentencing Storytelling.

No matter what the case, there are only three types of sentencing stories defense lawyers ever tell.  I call them the 3 “Rs”, and they are: REASONS, RELATIVITY and REDEMPTION.  Every case has at least one.  With a little bit of luck and whole lot of elbow grease, you may uncover all three. Understanding these…

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