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What is honor? Personal integrity? Allegiance to moral principles?
We are taught to call Judges, ” Your Honor”
I am an Eagle Scout. I was raised with the most traditional of values. I was raised to respect judges. As a young lawyer, I always respected judges. I would answer docket call and proclaim
” Mr. Johnson is present with counsel,
YOUR HONOR.” I accorded this title to all judges, without question.
That was a long time ago. In thirty years I have seen a lot.
I have seen too many judges become near instant bullies.
I have seen too many judges abuse the accused.
I have seen too many judges let their staff abuse the accused.
I have seen too many judges ignore the law.
I have seen too many judges illegally revoke bonds.
I have seen too many judges perpetuate the “Plea Mill”.
I have seen too many judges award lousy lawyers for pleading people guilty without the slightest investigation of the law or the facts.
I have seen too many judges choose what was politically expedient over what was morally right.
I have seen too many judges impose “rocket dockets”, prioritizing speed over justice.
I have seen too many judges assist the prosecutors in every way possible.
I have seen too many judges who have forgotten the basic principles of Liberty and justice for all.
Not all judges are bad. There are some very good, even outstanding judges. I call these judges “Your Honor” because I respect them. As They conduct themselves with personal integrity and an allegiance to moral principles, they should be called ” Your Honor” .
But, I no longer accord the title, “Your Honor” to all judges. I decline to call many judges. “Your Honor”. As these judges seem to have little personal integrity and little or no allegiance to any moral principles, I can hardly call them ” Your Honor” and mean it. Many judges don’t deserve the respect carried with the title “Your Honor”.
Now, quite often when I call a judge “Your Honor”, it’s no more than a two word pep talk. Maybe if I call them “Your Honor”, they will change their conduct and begin to act with honor.
Unfortunately, the years have shown that for many judges, It’s a big maybe.
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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