Where’d My Money Go?

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My Son is a Heroin Addict. What do I do?

I’m in my 24th year as a criminal defense attorney and, like all other members of the criminal defense bar, deal with families of clients who have the terrible disease of addiction. Unfortunately, for most of my career, the “system” has not been equipped to deal with this disease and how it effects society and ultimately leads to the addict becoming entangled in the criminal justice system.

The general public has to come to terms with the fact that the “system” just isn’t equipped to resolve these issues. The old method was (and in a lot of cases and with a lot of judges and prosecutors) and still is to just throw them in jail to “dry them out”. The problem with this approach, as has been shown time and time again, is that it just doesn’t work. Plain and simple. It does nothing. It has no deterrent effect whatsoever. So what is the answer? That is a difficult question with no simple solution. Thankfully, law enforcement, the judiciary and the prosecution are all becoming educated about addiction. Admittedly, it is a very difficult disease to understand. And make no mistake, it is a disease.

One of the most helpless situations a family can be in is when one of their loved ones is suffering from addiction. What do you do? What can you do?  Until recently, there wasn’t much you can do and it still isn’t easy, but at least now there is a law that allows a family or friend to try and get the addict help. One that has some teeth to it.  It is known as Casey’s Law. Below is the link to a website that can help you understand the law and the procedure to seek help through it.

Please take a moment to take a look at it if you are in a situation like this. There is help.

http://caseyslaw.org/KY_Files/About.htm

Capital Punishment: Is it worth it? Easy to say yes unless you are the family of the victim.

Have you ever thought about the family of the victim whose loved one was taken from them in a situation where the death penalty was sought by the state as punishment? Most people don’t get that far in their thinking on the issue.

Can you imagine, for years and years, coming to court and seeing the person who committed the atrocity against your son/daughter/ Mother/ Father or other family member sitting there while the case gets continued and continued and continued….. I know I can’t.

I’ve stated my view on capital punishment in past blogs. In short, I don’t believe in it. And here is why. How do you balance what the delays do to a family with the protection of the Defendant and his/her right to a fair trial? The responsibility of the Court, prosecution and defense is enormous. Particularly if they are to “get it right”.

Don’t be naive. There are innocent people on death row. Innocent people have been put to death. How do you correct that mistake? The answer is plain and simple. You can’t. And if one innocent person is put to death, then the death penalty should be eradicated. Think about it, the cost to the victim’s family could be alleviated. They could have closure by another method of punishment. The financial cost to society would be lessened. And, if there was a mistake, as devasting as that mistake would be to a person whose liberty was taken, it could be corrected. And just as important, what is worse, an instantaneous death or the spectre of spending the rest of your life in prison. Knowing that you won’t leave prison until you are in a pine box. What has a more deterrent effect?

The story below illustrates the frustration that is shared by all three components set forth above.

Quite simply, doing away with the death penalty is the only solution. Aside from the emotional damage it causes to the victim’s family,  from a practical standpoint, if just makes more sense.

Judge Goodwine has presided over her share of death penalty cases. And make no mistake, she is a good judge. This article clearly illustrates her frustration with delays in the process. Delays that are unnecessary.

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The Real Culprits

http://Doctor suspended after charges that his illegal prescribing caused three deaths http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article148699279.html

I have been defending people in federal and state courts for years. During those years I’ve had the opportunity to see how opioids have ravaged Kentuckians’ lives. First it was OxyContin. Then Oxycodone, Percocet and Mollies. Now heroin. Thousands of people addicted to opioids are locked up each year. But what about the drug companies? What about the physicians? Where do they fit into this epidemic? They are the spring from which the water flows. I’ve believed that for years. Read this article for a story about one  who didn’t get away with it.  Please keep in mind that drugs are essential to our overall health and the great majority of physicians do the right thing. But my goodness, whe n they don’t …..Read below to see what I’m talking about

Should Judges Let Their Personal Views Shape Their Decisions?

→I’m not going to express my view on gay adoption. As an attorney and an officer of the court, I am obligated to follow the law. The difference between me and a judge is that I can choose whether or not to take a case. Judges cannot and should not. A judge signs up for it when they choose to become a judge. That is what is so disturbing about this case.

A judge has a duty to hear the cases brought before them. Regardless of their position on a particular issue. What’s more is that a judge is bound to follow the law in a fair and impartial manner. The entire system fails if they don’t and it comprises the integrity of the judicial process. This is a statement about the law. Not a political statement. Read the article below and see what you think.

http://Kentucky judge won’t hear adoption cases if adults are gay http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article147409639.html

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