Category: drugs

  • Criminal Defense Trial Lawyering = Chess

    Apropos of today's earlier post about collaboration (and, ultimately, strategy) in federal drug cases: Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do. —Savielly Tartakover, chess grandmaster That, and many other criminal defense chess quotes here.

  • Team Sport

    "Not a team sport." That's how the federal prosecutor described federal drug defense practice after a hearing in which two colleagues and I had shown a certain unity of purpose on behalf of our clients. Divide and separate is the name of the game for federal prosecutors (that and, I can bribe witnesses but you […]

  • Drug Defense Brainstorming

    How, without putting your client on the stand, might you counter the government’s “nobody would trust another person with x dollars worth of drugs unless the other person knew he had the drugs” argument in a trial in which knowledge is at issue? I’m looking for novel and useful approaches.