Terrorism on the Home Front

“In the years [from 1982 to 1991], the Court has heard argument in 30 Fourth Amendment cases involving narcotics. In all but one, the government was the petitioner. All save two involved a… Continue reading

build with me

“Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless.” Psalm 127:1 In every way, I hope to honor God. With every letter I type on my blackberry, click on… Continue reading

Excuse Me While I Produce More Convicts

There is nothing I fear more than the innocent client. There – I said it.  I hate admitting this, but it’s true.  People ask me constantly “what happens when your client is innocent?”… Continue reading

Who has your back Monserrate?

Someone needs to send NY Senator Monserrate a PR rep…

You Love Cops… Admit it

This past Monday, L’Heureux invited me to a book discussion led by one of his students (follow Dr. L’Heureux Lewis on Twitter). It was held at HueMan Bookstore on Frederick Douglass Blvd, not… Continue reading

Leave the Black and Latino Boys in Jail *UPDATE*

Several weeks ago, I squabbled with the administrators at the group home where my client lived (See my previous blog post about it here). While my client sat in jail, I couldn’t get in touch… Continue reading

i used to read your blog

From a friend of mine I haven’t seen in 5 years… and it’s not this dude in the picture <<i used to read your blog. then i think u started becoming some kind… Continue reading

Shut up & Take the Plea

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, or if you follow my #PDlife stories on twitter, you’ll know that I am a frustrated but happy public defender. Whether a prosecutor, judge, or… Continue reading

Rebel Sanctuary – St. Mary’s Episcopal

I wasn’t raised with much of a religious foundation. At one point, we abided by an Ital diet, worshipped Egyptian dieties, celebrated every Eid, and even attended Catholic mass. The one thing that… Continue reading

Joy and Unfettered Idealism (words for my brothers)

This morning I had my brother Yasser on my mind (follow his musings of bachelor living on twitter @psybach). He is five and a half years younger than me, so in my world,… Continue reading