THE INCIDENT AT RUBY RIDGEIMG_0680 I'm going to do a series on an important event in American history, the incident at Ruby Ridge. I have wanted to do this for a couple of reasons, I believe that Ruby Ridge is a poster child for abusive governmental action, and it resulted in one of the finest closing arguments in the history of American jurisprudence.

THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING, TERRY NICHOLS, AND McALESTER OKLAHOMA - PART TWO. On March 2, 2004, Terry Wayne Nichols entered Courtroom No.1 at the Pittsburg County Courthouse. he was facing 160 counts of murder in the first degree, 160 counts of conspiracy to commit murder, aiding in the placing of a bomb against a public building, and one count of manslaughter over the death of an unborn child. He was also going to face the men and women who would potentially determine his fate for the first time.

THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING, TERRY NICHOLS, AND McALESTER OKLAHOMA - PART ONE. On April 19, 1995 at 9:02 A.M. a truck bomb exploded outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 168 men, women and children lost their lives; many more were injured; and our country was forever changed. This article comes twenty years after that tragic day.

JAILHOUSE SNITCHES, THEIR TESTIMONY, AND THE PROSECUTORS THAT USE IT TO GET FALSE CONVICTIONS. Recently our friends at The National Registry of Exonerations looked back through their list to determine the amount of cases on their registry that included testimony by a jailhouse informant. Unfortunately it is not a rare situation for the State to offer a jailhouse informant as a witness, someone who is strongly motivated to lie in order to receive something in return. More often than not the prosecutor will mislead or withhold the deal they have struck from the defense, and as a result innocent people have been sent to prison, even death row, and in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham executed.

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. In honor of this month we are gong to "light it up blue" and ask all of our friends to do the same. Autism Awareness is all about is all about just that, awareness. Children and families with loved ones on the spectrum need and appreciate our support and in honor of this special month I will share my own family's story. BRYCE'S STORY My first child Bryce was born on January 25, 2011, and on that day shortly after 9 o'clock that morning, my wife Kate and I received a truly precious gift. Bryce was 8 lbs 10 ounces and perfect in every way. We brought him home to much fan fare and showered him with attention and love.

THE MURDER THAT SHOCKED GEORGIA AND THE TRIAL OF LEO FRANK PART-TWO As the July 28 date for the opening of the Frank trial approached, Atlanta detectives, Solicitor Dorsey, and Conley's own lawyer, William Smith, engaged Jim Conley in what later be called "midnight séances": late-night sessions designed to turn Conley into the most effective possible prosecution witness. The men smoothed and refined the content of the sweeper’s testimony, as well as educated him on the importance of maintaining eye contact with the jury and other fine points of polished delivery. Smith played the role of Frank's lead lawyer, Luther Rosser, subjecting Conley to test-runs of what was expected to be one of the roughest cross-examinations in Georgia's criminal trial history. Smith later candidly stated his primary goal was "to render Conley impervious to cross-examination."

THE MURDER THAT SHOCKED GEORGIA AND THE TRIAL OF LEO FRANK PART-ONE Around 3 a.m. on April 27, 1913, Newt Lee, the night watchman for the National Pencil Factory, carried a lantern with him to the factory basement to help him light his way to the "Negro toilet." When his light fell upon a prone human form, Lee called Atlanta police, who arrived ten minutes later. The body was that of a thirteen-year-old girl. Her skull was dented and caked with blood. A piece of jute rope was wrapped around her neck. A worker at the factory called to the scene identified the body: "Oh my God! That's Mary Phagan."

THE INCIDENT AT RUBY RIDGE PART FIVE - THE JURY DELIBERATES AND THE AFTERMATH Jury deliberations began on Wednesday, June 16, sequestered in a windowless room with institutional-green walls. Television news trucks filled the parking lots, and reporters invaded Boise's local establishments, sitting on pins and needles waiting for word.