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  • Free Back-to-School Supplies for the littles - For the past two years, I’ve sponsored a back-to-school drive for students in Mountain Home. I’m doing it again this year, and it should be the biggest and best yet. In 2014 and 2015, I asked community members to nominate either themselves or someone they know that needed school supplies and my girlfriend and I […]
  • Steven Avery: Probably killed Teresa Halback, no doubt fucked by system - I recently finished watching Netflix’s “Making a Murderer.” Three thoughts from the series: 1. The series was produced by a team that is clearly pro-Steven Avery. Filmmakers claim that this isn’t true, that they just told the story they had, aided by prosecution’s and victim’s family refusal to participate in the documentary. But the series […]
  • An open letter to Jana Borgholthaus - 4 November 2015 Jana Borgholthaus President, Western Elmore County Recreation District 245 E 6th S St, Mountain Home, Idaho 83647 (208) 580-2377 Dear Ms. Borgholthaus, I found the comments you made to the Idaho Statesman on November 5, 2015 regarding the November 3 election to be highly offensive and inappropriate. Specifically, when you said, “Honestly, I was shocked. […]
  • Ten reasons to vote against a YMCA in Mountain Home - Reelections are interesting. They are basically nothing more than a confirmation of the incumbent’s job performance. If you like the job they have done and the direction whatever organization they are responsible for is going, you go to the polls and you vote for them. Or you stay home and do nothing, because not voting […]
  • My night at the Western Elmore County Recreation District Political Forum - I learned a lot at tonight’s Western Elmore County Recreation District Political Forum. Before I get into those things, I want to first explain how I first came to know about the Western Elmore Country Recreation District. (This is kind of a long story, so skip below if you’d like to speed it up.) In […]
  • Back-to-school drive 2015 (Free school supplies) - Last year I thought it would be a good idea to sponsor a back-to-school drive for local children. While I had originally intended to limit the number of participating students to four, I ended up supplying all the children who were nominated last year. I’m doing this again this year, but with two clarifications. Students, of […]
  • The difference between flags of hate flying on state property and people walking on US flags - People who don’t understand why Confederate flags need to come down on city, state, or federal property while people are still allowed to walk across the American flag in protest need to try harder to understand the difference. A flag representing the Confederate flag flies on the statehouse’s property in South Carolina. Prior to its […]
  • The context of the SC Confederate flag means it has to go - Context matters. Context gives meaning to words, symbols and flags. Such as symbols found on state flags or flags found on the grounds of state capitals. There’s been a lot of debate since the shootings in Charleston last week over exactly what the Confederate flag represents. Supporters of the flag claim it’s a symbol for […]
  • Police accountiblity requires a system we can trust - I don’t envy the police. Law enforcement officers have one of the hardest jobs out there. We ask them to keep out cities safe, to solve and prevent crimes, to resolve private disputes and to rush to the scene of danger when others are rushing away from it. They go to work knowing that any […]
  • Reality Check: Taylor Swift fills “Blank Space” with domestic violence -   Earlier this fall when TMZ.com released footage from inside Ray Rice’s infamous elevator ride with his then-fiancé, now-wife,  it appeared that as a nation, we had reached a turning point in the discussion regarding domestic violence. Domestic violence, we decided, would no longer be tolerated.  Watching Janay Palmer fall to the ground in single punch […]
  • Women’s soccer considers alternative dispute resolutions, CSA doesn’t - Unhappy that the 2015 Women’s World Cup is scheduled to be played on artificial turf, a group of women star soccer players, led by American players, recently filed suit at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against the Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA alleging that the use of artificial turf, which a man’s World Cup […]
  • Bad Judge: Bad TV -   NBC’s “Bad Judge” might be the worst show on network TV.  The only group of people that it makes look worse than those in the legal profession is women in positions of power and influence in our society. Just before I started law school, I wondered why there weren’t more lawyer/law school TV shows […]
  • Nampa police officers take DUI stops to the next level with blood draws onsite - Eleven police officers from the Nampa Police Department were recently trained as phlebotomists, which will allow them to draw blood from suspected drunk drivers who refuse to take a breath test. “We can’t force someone to give us a breath test, obviously,” Nampa Police Sgt. Jamie Burns told the Idaho Press-Tribune. “We can’t squeeze their […]
  • Breif history of the fight for same-sex marriages in Idaho - The fate of same-sex marriage is temporary unknown (or all-but-officially-known) in Idaho as the state continues to fight to uphold the state’s constitutional ban against same-sex marriage. The state was granted a stay by the SCOTUS, which has requested to hear from the plaintiffs in the case before moving forward. That deadline was today. Editor’s note: […]
  • Free school supplies for local children - I was listening to the radio earlier this week and heard that the cost of school supplies have gone up considerably between this year and last. My first thought was, “Well, it’s good that the Chamber has a drive every year and people donate school supplies there.” Then I remembered that I was thinking of […]
  • Divorce and Separation Guide: Medical care dos and don’ts - Divorce is a hard process for everyone involved. When a couple with children divorces, it’s hard on both parents and their children. However, there are things both parents can do, or avoid doing, to reduce the stress divorce often causes children. When it comes to dealing with medical care, the following tips can make it […]
  • Know Your Rights: a free brochure - I recently worked with a talented designer to produce a “Know Your Rights” brochure that outlines how to interact with members of law enforcement in a way that maximizes your constitutional rights, specifically many of the rights provided by the Fourth Amendment. The brochures are available to be picked up at my office, 2390 American […]
  • Reality check: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ is perfect recipe for first degree murder charge -   The Academy of Country Music Awards were this week and I’m watching them a few days late on DVR as I write tonight. As a result, this week’s Reality Check is going country. Carrie Underwood country. In “Two Black Cadillacs,” Carrie Underwood sings of a man meeting his doom at the hands of his […]
  • Divorce and Separation Guide: Child support dos and don’ts - Divorce is a hard process for everyone involved. When a couple with children divorce, its hard on both parents as well as the children. However, there are things both parents can do, or avoid doing, to reduce the stress divorce often causes children.  When it comes to dealing with child support , the following tips […]
  • Exercising my Second Amendment rights: Why I bought a gun - I bought my first gun earlier this week. It’s a shotgun, a Remington 870 Express. I haven’t shot it yet, but it feels pretty sweet in my hands.   Buying a gun is pretty much one of the most Idahoan things I’ve ever done, right up there with shoveling four inches of snow off my […]
  • Filer police officer shoots boy’s service dog, tickets father -   Officer Tarek Hassani of the Filer (Idaho) Police Department shot a nine-year old’s service dog as the boy, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was celebrating his birthday Saturday. Then for good measure, Tarek Hassani threatened to arrest the boy’s dad and left him with a citation. Tarek Hassani was responding to a call of […]
  • Reality check: Wedding Crashers hits, misses on mediation - Wedding Crashers was a huge hit and a great movie. It even inspired its own bill after it was released. The movie starts off with funnymen Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn leading a round of divorce mediation. Like most of the movie, the scene is hilarious but unfortunately, it is the only experience or exposure […]
  • ITLA family, street law clinics provide great experiences for all, especially law students - I volunteered last night at the ITLA’s Family Law Clinic, which is held once a month at the Boise Public Library! (The ITLA also holds a general law Street Law Clinic an additional night a month at the same location.) I left the library feeling the way that I imagine that I would have felt […]
  • Divorce and Separation Guide: Children’s Belongings dos and don’ts - Divorce is a hard process for everyone involved. When a couple with children divorce, its hard on both parents as well as the children. However, there are things both parents can do, or avoid doing, to reduce the stress divorce often causes children.  When it comes to handling the children’s belongings, the following tips can […]
  • Reality check: Nashville’s Deacon too rich for court-appointed attorney - I’m a huge Nashville  fan. I’m also a fan of Charles Esten’s  character, Deacon Claybourne. Deacon’s a recovering addict who is always coming face to face with his demons while loving a woman who is always just out of his reach. What’s not to like? He is literally a walking country song. And when he […]
  • Divorce and Separation Guide: School dos and don’ts -  Divorce is a hard process for everyone involved. When a couple with children divorce, its hard on both parents as well as the children. However, there are things both parents can do, or avoid doing, to reduce the stress divorce often causes children.  When it comes to handling transitions of the children between the parents, […]
  • Reality Check: Chuck vs. the prenuptial agreement and Idaho law - In the clip above, CIA agent Sarah Walker springs a prenuptial agreement on her fiancé, Chuck. Chuck was a regular guy working at a Best Buy-like store until he accidentally downloaded the government’s most top secret computer into his brain. Walker and her partner, NSA agent John Casey, team up to protect Chuck from bad […]
  • Reality Check: Law Abiding Citizen gets bond mostly right - In the clip above, from Law Abiding Citizen, Gerard Butler’s character, Clyde Shelton, is accused of killing two people and is attending his bail hearing. Then he starts to argue with the judge and a whole bunch of other stuff happens that probably wouldn’t happen in real life but are reason enough for you not […]
  • Blacks, Native popultation more likley to be arrested, held in prison than general population - African-Americans in Idaho are more likely to be arrested at a higher rate than they are represented in the general public than any other racial or ethnic group. The same is true for American Indian/Native Alaskans with respect to being held by Idaho Department of Corrections. The following report used data from the 2010 Census; […]
  • Know Your Rights: One Chart - Source: Online-Paralegal-Programs.com Knowing Your Rights The Fourth Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and […]
  • Reality Check: ‘Double Jeopardy’ doubly flawed -   In the NSFW clip above, from the 1999 movie Double Jeopardy, Ashley Judd’s character is in prison after being convicted for murdering her husband–who she later learns is still alive and framed her for murder to run off with her best friend, as opposed to hiring a divorce attorney like most people would do. […]
  • Divorce and Separation Guide: Transportation dos and don’ts -  Divorce is a hard process for everyone involved. When a couple with children divorce, its hard on both parents as well as the children. However, there are things both parents can do, or avoid doing, to reduce the stress divorce often causes children.  When it comes to handling transportation of the children, the following tips […]
  • Utah district court’s ruling could be most significant ruling in fight for marriage equality - The federal district court’s ruling Friday in Utah, striking down the state’s constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage ,set off a frenzy as same-sex couples rushed to get married and officials in one of the nation’s most conservative states set off to have the ruling put on hold while it appeals. The amendment defined marriage as […]
  • A&E suspends Phil, internet users become Constitution experts - The most surprising part of A&E suspending “Duck Dynasty” cast member Phil Robertson indefinitely for his anti-gay and other comments in the January GQ isn’t the fact an elderly man from the Deep South who is famous for being on a show based on conservative and religious views would say such things. Nor is the […]
  • Divorce and Separation Guide:Handling scheduling dos and don’ts -   Divorce is a hard process for everyone involved. When a couple with children divorce, its hard on both parents as well as the children. However, there are things both parents can do, or avoid doing, to reduce the stress divorce often causes children.  When it  comes to handling scheduling, the following tips can make […]
  • Reality Check: George Tucker and when the attorney-client relationship forms - In a recent episode of “Hart of Dixie,” local attorney George Tucker notices his former finance Lemon Breeland sitting at a table looking perplexed and proceeds to have the following conversation with her: “George, great, can I talk to you for a minute? In confidence. Attorney-client privilege.” “Yes, but technically I can’t be your attorney […]
  • Rich kid kills four, blames parents spoiling him, escapes prison - Apparently being a spoiled brat is now a defense, or mitigating factor, in vehicular manslaughter cases. In Burleson, Texas, a 16-year-old boy and his friends stole alcohol from Walmart, drank it and went looking for more. At the same time, a woman’s SUV broke down on a dirt road and two friends went to help […]
  • How to handle a power struggle over children during a divorce - If you’re engaged in a power struggle over the kids, consider the following thoughts and suggestions: Assume that the children want a relationship with both parents. Understand they will avoid at all costs the appearance of disloyalty in the eyes of either parent. • Children should not have to choose between parents. Do not put […]
  • Reality Check: Elle Woods goes to court in Legally Blonde - In the first minute and a half of the clip above, first-year law student Elle Woods cites Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling 3.03 to replace the case’s senior attorney and her professor in Brooke Taylor-Windham’s murder defense. There are a lot of scenes in Legally Blonde that could be fact checked, but I selected this […]
  • How to win a child custody battle - The keys to a less stressful and painful divorce are: 1) be cordial and respectful with your former partner. 2) Remember that when it comes to the children, knowledge is power. Share with the other parent as much information about the children’s school, medical, sports or other areas that they would like to know about […]
  • Reality Check: Park and Rec’s Ben Wyatt gives Ron Swanson will advice -   In the clip above, Park and Recreation’s Ron Swanson reveals his single-sentence will leaving everything he owns to the man or animal that kills him will to Ben Wyatt. It’s the same will Ron has had since he was eight years old. In the subsequent dialog, Ben tells Ron that his document is “nothing, […]
  • Top 10 mistakes parents with children make during divorce -   Divorce is a hard process for everyone involved. When a couple with children divorce, its hard on both parents as well as the children. However, there are things both parents can do, or avoid doing, to reduce the stress divorce often causes children. Below is a list of the common mistakes parents with children […]