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Free Speech Has Limits

Free Speech Has Limits

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 12 Jan 2021
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January 6, 2021, Will Live In Infamy The United States Capitol was attacked by a pro-Trump mob last week and free speech has been implicated in several respects.  You may or may not support President Donald Trump.  This blog entry doesn’t depend upon your position. We will most definitely be hearing about the siege on […]
Netflix Exposes Crime Labs

Netflix Exposes Crime Labs

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 19 Dec 2020
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I recently finished watching “How to Fix a Drug Scandal” on Netflix, a documentary that exposes crime labs. The fact you are reading this blog means the program will likely interest you and inflame you. I recommend you watch it.   Spoiler Alert! Don’t read any further, if you plan to watch it.  Watch it, […]
Joe Biden and Criminal Law

Joe Biden and Criminal Law

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 26 Nov 2020
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We could see some substantive changes in federal criminal law with a Biden presidency.
Legalize Marijuana Now!

Legalize Marijuana Now!

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 21 Oct 2020
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Texas and the US government should immediately repeal the prohibition against marijuana.  To do so would promote justice and fairness. Texas wrongly harms its people and promotes injustice by continuing to arrest and prosecute people over marijuana.   Millions of People Have Been Hurt Roughly 60,000 people’s lives every year are needlessly and callously marred […]
Meaningful Police Reform

Meaningful Police Reform

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 14 Sep 2020
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Where to Start? Meaningful police reform. What does it entail?  There is no single answer, no one-step solution. Problems are long-standing and cumulative. It will involve systemic changes and a change of culture.  Serious problems exist in policing in our country, and serious steps must be taken.  Such an undertaking is daunting and will take […]
Defund the Police?

Defund the Police?

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 1 Sep 2020
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“Defund the police.” It sounds provocative.  It is.  What it provokes depends upon the person.  I hadn’t heard that term until a few months ago. My initial impression was was to consider it the equivalent of “abolish the police”. I thought that idea was radical, irrational, and was simply a “no” to me.  After all, […]
Criminal Case Status in the COVID-19 Era, Part 3

Criminal Case Status in the COVID-19 Era, Part 3

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 15 Aug 2020
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Jury Trials Present A Major Challenge Now This discussion is not meant to be comprehensive, in that such an endeavor would entail a much longer piece.  Nonetheless, pointing out some of the considerations and questions can serve to illustrate the larger point. Please check out the much shorter part 1 and part 2 of this blog […]
Criminal Case Status in the COVID-19 Era, Part 2

Criminal Case Status in the COVID-19 Era, Part 2

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 7 Aug 2020
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Let me be perfectly clear.  COVID-19 is a real disease, no matter what some people believe. It is not a political position. Details may be unclear, and what we understand may change as we learn, but COVID-19 is a real thing.  The most cases and the most deaths are in the United States of America.  […]
Criminal Case Status in the COVID-19 Era, Part 1

Criminal Case Status in the COVID-19 Era, Part 1

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 1 Aug 2020
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Simply put, the most likely effect of COVID-19 on your criminal case will be delay.  Whether your case began before or during the pandemic, this blog entry applies to you.  If your case was pending, it probably was already delayed.   Law Enforcement Generally, the pandemic has slowed the pace of arrests and the issuance […]
Should I Talk to the Police? In a word, No.

Should I Talk to the Police? In a word, No.

  • By Phillip Goff
  • 6 Jul 2020
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We frequently receive calls from people who tell us the police want to talk to them. They want to know whether it’s ever a good idea, even if on the surface it seems like all they want to do is ask a few innocent questions. No. Don’t do it. STOP.  Re-read the last two lines. […]
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