In my second book, Tried and Convicted: How Police, Prosecutors, and Judges Destroy Our Constitutional Rights (Rowman & Littlefield), I discussed how the police indoctrinate kids at a young age through “Deputy Friendly.” The good deputy’s message is clear: the police are your friends and they’re here to help. Conversely, I lamented, early education excludes anything that runs contrary to that pro-government theme. If you doubt that, try to imagine anyone teaching young people about how the police are permitted to lie to us, how we have the right to tell them to “pound sand” when they want us to talk, and how we can demand the presence of an attorney to gum-up the government machinery. (Hard to visualize such an education, isn’t it?) But as successful as Deputy Friendly has been indoctrinating
youth, I think the judiciary has just topped him with the publication of Learning
about Judges: A Coloring Book.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I recently published an article criticizing ethics rule 1.9(c), and also filed a petition and memorandum (coauthored with Terry Rose) asking our state supreme court to change the rule. The rule, which prevents attorneys from discussing even public aspects of their closed cases, not only violates our right of free political speech, but is an absolute disaster on every imaginable level. I wrote in the article that the rule is nonsensical and indecipherable, leaving us lawyers at the mercy and whims of anti-lawyer bar associations and regulators.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
There's been some progress on our petition to modify
's SCR 1.9 (c), the rule that prevents attorneys from
talking about even the public aspects of their closed cases. In a
nutshell, Terry Rose and I are trying to restore some sanity to the situation.
We are asking the supreme court to define "generally known" to
include information that is publicly available or has been disclosed in a
public forum, and further to recognize that, by definition, generally known
information has already been "revealed." Wisconsin