Category: Philosophy

Does a jury have the right to nullify in Michigan?

Recently a man in Big Rapids was arrested after handing out pamphlets outside of a courthouse. Apparently the pamphlets were from the Fully Informed Jury Association and explained or advocated for jury nullification.   Jury nullification occurs when a jury returns a verdict of “not guilty” despite believing that the defendant is factually guilty of the offense charged. It is…

Why does it cost so much to defend child abuse allegations?

As experienced Grand Rapids child abuse attorneys, we know that child abuse cases, when properly defended, can be some of the costliest cases for which to hire competent attorneys.  We frequently consult with parents who are defending against cases of child abuse who are unhappy with the performance of their current attorneys.  Generally speaking, a big part of the dissatisfaction…

Effectively defending criminal charges requires work.

One of the things that makes us successful Michigan criminal defense attorneys is the fact that we complete thorough investigations, and don’t merely rely on the police reports and discovery provided by prosecutors in determining the facts of the case. In these investigations, one of the most important aspects is making sure that we get a statement from the complaining…

The Michigan legislature is trying to eliminate a citizen’s right to a complete defense.

Our lawyers are true believers in the idea that the adversarial process finds the truth. The more we can uncover in the court process, the more likely we are to find the truth about what happened. Some of the best truth-seeking occurs when witnesses are asked questions under oath and subject to cross examination.   Recently, Tom Leonard (R —…

Why we defend people charged with crimes

One of the first questions that I’m asked at a cocktail party, dinner, or other social event is, “How do you do that for a living?” Normally, I respond with some sarcastic response because I’ve grown tired of listening to the patronizing statements that usually follow my genuine answer. [br] We defend people charged with crimes for a lot of…