Criminal Defense


Madoff Pleads Guilty, Goes Directly to Jail

About Mr. Madoff's plea hearing, which took place today in U.S. District Court in New York, I'll just comment that if any of your defense attorney's statements are greeted with "loud laughter," and/or applause breaks out when bail is denied,…


Court Rejects Unabomber’s Request to Get Unabombing Stuff Back

Good news — convicted "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, now serving a life term for murder, will not be getting back any of the unabomb-making materials that the FBI seized from his cabin in 1996. Kaczynski's cabin. Defense experts argued that Kacyznski's skewed worldview was…


Bail Granted On Condition Defendant Wear Underwear

Ben Hana, a homeless resident of Wellington, New Zealand, is known locally (although not very creatively) as "Blanket Man" because he goes around wrapped in a blanket.  Hana was arrested on December 23 on allegations of cannabis possession and indecent…





Poorly Faked Heart Attack Fails to Result in Mistrial

This story shows the importance of proper training before appearing in a courtroom, even (well, especially) if one has decided to represent oneself.  And depending on the strategy, acting lessons may be a good idea. Keison Wilkins may have thought…


Posner Affirms Conviction, Laments Ostrich Myth

On June 25, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the conviction of Conrad Black, one of several former newspaper executives found guilty last year of defrauding their company out of millions of dollars.  In a bad sign for the defendants, the opinion…