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February 13, 2012
Ignorance breeds Ignorance. Someday , maybe, this country will leave racism behind. Sadly it’s still part of our society.
I favor teaching the truth about historical events. We should love our country for all our many great achievements. We should love our country for the good it has done.
We should also love our country enough to be honest with ourselves and our children about our country’s past mistakes & misdeeds. We cannot learn from the past unless we know it.
Our country is so polarized. It is hard to get around the polarization because we all believe so strongly in what we believe.
Rather than dividing us, we need to bridge the gap and look for common ground. I am a lifelong liberal and I have friends who are lifelong conservatives. My views are as strongly held as are theirs. We need to speak with mutual respect. We need to have rational dialogue. We need to not have to win every argument and we need to listen to one another. We need to be willing to learn and we need to be willing to admit that we can be wrong. We need to be willing to actually change our mind, but not on fundamental principles like the need for honesty and the need for Liberty and justice for all
No matter what our politics, all Americans hate tyranny. We need look no further than the Declaration of Independence & the Bill of Rights to find our immutable shared values. Perhaps that is why promoting Readings of the Declation is so important to me. It reminds us of all that Unites us. Despite all the ugliness of the last few years, I still believe that we are United by far more than that which may divide us.
I remind my liberal and conservative friends that the Greatest Generation was made up of men & women from all backgrounds across the political spectrum.
The late “Racehorse” Haynes saved two fellow Marines on Iwo Jima. He didn’t ask their politics before saving them. Part of loving this country is learning, perhaps for the first time, to love & trust one another.
Sorry for preaching.
The client believed to be facing potential Wire Fraud Charges related to SBA PPP loan applications. Investigation of applications for PPP loans and PPP forgiveness demonstrated that the Client had at all times acted in a lawful manner. Investigation demonstrated no fraud was committed by the client. Case closed.
Client was charged by Federal Indictment with making a social media post that threatened Malicious Damage and Destruction of a Building by Means of Fire and Explosives in violation of Federal law. The Defense showed that Client was a law-abiding citizen. The Defense further showed that the alleged threat was not made with any criminal intent.
The client, a public official with a long history of public service, was accused by a former girlfriend of engaging in non-consensual sexual relations. The Defense investigation and analysis showed through a detailed timeline that the allegation made absolutely no sense. Phone records, including calls and texts, were relied on to help establish an accurate timeline. The Defense met with law enforcement and reviewed a detailed package that exonerated the accused.
Client, a Houston area professional who frequently travels for work, was accused by his wife of assaulting her in his family home. Defense showed that wife’s story lacked credibility and there was no physical evidence in support of the wife’s allegation.
The client, a young Black male, was driving his car when police pulled him over for no apparent reason. It looked to be a profile stop. The client was accused of possessing a controlled substance in his vehicle. The Defense showed that there was no lawful basis for the police to stop the Client’s car. The Defense also showed that there was no lawful basis for the search of the Client’s car. It was a bad search, so the seized evidence was not admissible.
Client charged in Federal Indictment In “Operation Wrecking Ball” with 55 named co-defendants. Client faced seven charges. Client was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering. Client was also charged with four counts of Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Money laundering.
Allegations involved client’s alleged use of his home to distribute cocaine. Government’s lengthy investigation involved numerous wiretaps, surveillance, video, pole cams, search warrants, vehicle stops and use of cooperating co-defendants.
Client went to trial with four remaining defendants. After a two-week trial, Judge granted Motion for Acquittal on four of the seven charges. Jury found Client Not Guilty of remaining three charges.
Client charged in Federal Court with two counts of Wire Fraud related to Five SBA EIDL loan applications. The Government alleged the client, a Houston professional, defrauded the Small Business Administration out of over $150,000. The Government also found the intended loss was over half a million dollars. The Client faced up to 20 years in prison on each count. The Defense investigated the case and negotiated a deal that included the Government not opposing a probation. The Federal Guideline calculation was for a prison sentence and the Probation Department recommended a prison sentence. Attorney Fickman submitted a 90 page Defense Sentencing Memorandum asking for Probation.
Client was retired professional. Client was accused of being involved in a road rage incident in 1960 Area. Defense put together a 100 page memorandum that demonstrated complainant was actual aggressor.
Client was accused of touching child. Case involved thousands of pages of psychiatric and Child Protective Services records as well as investigations by multiple police departments. After three- year fight, case dismissed.
Client accused of shoving and knocking down family member causing injury. After investigation, charges were dismissed.
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