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Can We Bet on Trump Sticking Around for Prosecution?



Some things stand out in your memory.

Working as a public defender requires a lot of sitting in courtrooms, waiting.  The docket lists crawl along. The system does its best to dehumanize the defendants. You know a lot about your own client and his situation, but as you sit there, late on some Friday, everyone else tends to blur—to fade until they are reduced to a number on a list. 

The prosecutor drones on; the judge sighs and shuffles his papers; a court officer looks significantly at his watch. A succession of your fellow defenders follows Thurgood Marshall’s precept: 

“Do the best you can with what you’ve got.”  

You’ve heard it all—probably said it all yourself. One afternoon of this can seem pretty much like another, and there are a lot of them. When your own client’s case is called, there’s a jolt of adrenaline. Otherwise, the effect is soporific.

Still, I do have a  vivid “flashbulb memory” of watching a defendant in Boston’s Superior Court, brought before a judge who was visiting from the western part of the state. The case had been called for sentencing. The defendant was a heavy-set Black guy, in his mid-twenties but showing some mileage, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit. This judge was a frenetic plea broker (his courthouse nickname was “Will-He-Take-A-Little-Time?”) and he was not noted for his attention span. This bargain had apparently involved dropping two of three felonies, but had not included an agreement on the sentence.

The prosecutor and then the defense lawyer offered their spins on the defendant’s criminal record. It was long but unremarkable. A juvenile record. Probation; probation revoked. Drugs. Unarmed Robbery. One year in the house of corrections.  Three to five years in the state penitentiary, with credit for time served.  Then, three to five years (but concurrent) again.  Two years, with credit for time served, for another drug case—another year or so in prison.

This was the familiar picture of a man serving “life on the installment plan.” A similar installment was to be expected now. Sad, but routine. 

The judge announced a sentence of 15-20 years. 

It’s hard to capture the shock. Of course, the guy knew he was in trouble. He knew he had screwed up and would once again have to do “a little time.” But he never anticipated this

He had run out of road. Then, the judge calmly pushed him off the cliff. His twenties were gone. His thirties were gone. He didn’t believe it. 

Then, suddenly, he did believe it.   

The helpless terror on his face as he turned to his lawyer has stayed with me for 25 years. 

Maybe it shouldn’t be so disturbing. After all,  he’d brought it on himself, and I guess I should have seen the possibility.  

But somehow the fact that he had skated for so long made the catastrophe even worse. It is harrowing to recall that moment, even today. His lawyer could not have found anything comforting to say. 

What could any lawyer do about this? Nothing. It was too late. It was over.

When the Road Runs Out

That same moment is about to arrive for Donald Trump. Nemesis has set out on her remorseless journey. The only two questions left are exactly when the boom will be lowered, and whether Trump will stick around for that.

Donald Trump will be convicted on numerous felony charges.  

The Mar-a-Lago documents case is open and shut. The New York hush money case might seem relatively minor, but it is a clear winner for the prosecution. (Ask Michael Cohen.) The Georgia R.I.C.O jury will get to hear a recording of Trump himself asking for 11,000 votes.

And the election interference and obstruction case in the District of Columbia that is likely to go to trial first will offer a legion of inculpatory (Republican) witnesses and no plausible legal defense. A District of Columbia jury, properly instructed, will return at least one guilty verdict, and Trump will face sentencing. Every consideration laid out in the U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines indicates that the sentence should include prison time.

The riddle facing Trump is whether that verdict and sentence will constitute the  end of the process, or  only the end of the beginning—the closing of one chapter of obfuscation, frivolous filings, wild distractions and dilatory evasions and the opening of a new one, to be viewed at leisure from Mar-a-Lago as the appellate process dawdles along.

The endpoint for Trump’s strategy of endless delay is not the moment Trump goes to prison, but the earlier moment when Trump realizes he will go to prison.  

That’s where the suspense will lie as we watch  daily reports of the Trump litigation. The question is not “if?”; the question is “when?” 

The decision-making here is delicate. It includes an experienced trial judge who seems determined to apply the law and who doesn’t miss the nuances.  From now on,  every incident we see will move the needle, however slightly, in one direction or the other.  

The Old Normal

The law says that to be released after a guilty verdict Trump must persuade  Judge Tanya Chutkan by clear and convincing evidence both that there has been a significant error in the trial she has just conducted and that Trump is not likely to flee or  present a danger to the community if released. 

Only if the attorney for the government states that it will not seek incarceration does this situation ease.  Merrick Garland might have done that, but it doesn’t look as if Special Prosecutor Jack Smith is ready to take prison off the list.

The requirement that Trump persuade Judge Chutkan that he will succeed on appeal is a particularly daunting obstacle to his release. 

As a general matter, if trial judges believed a  particular ruling created a “substantial likelihood” of a finding of reversible error they simply would not have made that ruling in the first place.  Smith’s indictment narrows the window even further.  

Commentators have noted that the indictment in the District of Columbia (election interference and obstruction) cases is radically streamlined.  Analysis has focused on the indictment’s impact before trial, and it’s certainly true that avoiding delay was Smith’s principal goal.  

But the design of the charging documents also influences what happens after the trial. 

Smith’s case will not present Judge Chutkan with perplexing novel issues.  The Government can meet its burden of proof  and convict Trump in the D.C. case without mobilizing any cutting-edge legal theories or innovative evidentiary vehicles.  

Everything about the legal mechanics of the D.C. trial will be routine. If there’s one thing Judge Chutkan has signaled it is that she intends to handle routine issues in the routine way.  The odds against Judge Chutkan committing an error that justifies release pending appeal are very high.

The Routine Abnormal

Besides, there is a tension between Trump’s characteristic approach and the likelihood of winning post-verdict release.  

Trump’s aim has always been to occupy a space in which he is either above or beneath the law and therefore immune to its sanctions. 

The more Trump attempts to brush aside legal constraints as trivial annoyances that bind only  the little people, the more he risks convincing Judge Chutkan that he will be perfectly willing later to flee and to endanger members of the community if  he believes that helps him to evade the looming prison gates. 

When Trump conveys the sense that there is no point in wasting energy trying to sanction him (as legions of judges have tried to do) since he is essentially a sociopathic figure who will just shrug and move on and raise money on the strength of your effort, he increases the likelihood that Judge Chutkan will conclude that no array of post-conviction release conditions will prevent Trump from fleeing or from inflicting harm on jurors, witnesses, and the community at large.  

As we watch, every individual Truth Social post and every attempt to violate every protective order (but just by a little) will solidify Judge Chutkan’s “treat-him-like-every-other defendant” inclination. 

Every move Trump makes will offer the judge further proof that he not only believes that he is, but that he should be above the law, particularly when the law is personified by some immigrant Black woman from Jamaica, who was appointed by Barack Obama.

A day is sure to arrive when Trump’s lizard brain, registers “She just isn’t buying it,” then, finally, “She just won’t ever buy it.”

Flight or Fight

Trump has all the resources that flight would require.  

Of course, he could hang in until the last moment to see whether Judge Chutkan’s detention order is overturned on appeal. Still, he has been around enough to realize that the appellate courts may be perfectly willing to let Chutkan take the heat and leave things alone. He knows even winning re-election won’t solve his Georgia problem.

For Trump, the risk of prison is existential. He will not see a term in prison as an opportunity for Mandela-like martyrdom.  

What Trump sees in prison is his final, permanent consignment to the category Loser. 

There is simply no way for prisoner Trump to look like a Winner. (Start with the hair styling and the pancake make-up.)  Even a very low probability of failure is not worth risking when the outcome is so unbearable.

Somewhere in the Middle East or in Vladimir Putin’s world there’s an environment that will leave him free—however farcically—to cling to Winner status. 

His new hosts will take that deal. They will allow him to make money. They will trot him out for big occasions.  

In exchange for his national security information and his disinformation and disruption potential, someone will give him a place where he can pretend. 

Once there, Trump can (and will) see himself as a Winner biding his time, like Ulysses Grant in Galena or Napoleon on Elba—the Bonnie Prince Charlie of the MAGA-hatted faithful. 

Personally, I think the odds are that when the moment arrives he’ll take the plane. But what matters will be how Judge Chutkan sees the odds that he won’t, and we will all get to watch as she works to calculate those odds.

#Bet #Trump #Sticking #Prosecution


Expert Attorneys Share Their Top Strategies





Legal matters can often feel like navigating a complex and daunting maze. From personal injury cases to business disputes, having a knowledgeable guide can make all the difference. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the world of legal strategies and insights from expert attorneys. These professionals have seen it all and are ready to share their top strategies for success. Whether you’re facing a legal challenge or simply want to be prepared for the future, this article is your go-to resource.

Expert Strategies for Navigating the Legal Maze

Navigating the legal landscape requires a combination of expertise, careful planning, and a solid understanding of the law. Our team of expert attorneys has distilled their knowledge into actionable strategies that can help you make informed decisions. Here are their top recommendations:

Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney is paramount to your legal success. When seeking legal representation, consider the following:
Experience Matters: Look for an attorney with specific experience in your type of case.
Check Credentials: Ensure they are licensed and in good standing with the bar association.
Client Reviews: Read reviews and testimonials from previous clients to gauge their reputation.

Understanding Your Legal Needs

Before diving into any legal matter, take the time to fully understand your needs. This involves:
Assessment: Identify the key issues and objectives of your case.
Consultation: Schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss your situation.
Budgeting: Determine your budget for legal fees and related expenses.

Negotiation Tactics

Many legal disputes can be resolved through negotiation rather than litigation. Expert attorneys suggest:
Effective Communication: Maintain open and honest communication with all parties involved.
Compromise: Be willing to make reasonable concessions to reach a settlement.
Legal Support: Seek mediation or arbitration when appropriate.

Document Preparation

Thorough and accurate documentation is crucial in legal matters. Pay attention to:
Document Organization: Keep all relevant paperwork organized and easily accessible.
Legal Advice: Consult with your attorney on the specific documents required for your case.
Accuracy: Ensure all information is factual and up to date.

Trial Preparation

If your case goes to trial, meticulous preparation is key to success:
Legal Strategy: Work closely with your attorney to develop a winning legal strategy.
Witnesses and Evidence: Identify and prepare witnesses and gather evidence.
Courtroom Etiquette: Familiarize yourself with courtroom procedures and etiquette.

Post-Case Evaluation

Even after your legal matter is resolved, there are important steps to take:
Review the Outcome: Assess the outcome and any lessons learned.
Preventative Measures: Implement strategies to avoid similar legal issues in the future.
Legal Updates: Stay informed about changes in the law that may affect you.


Q: How can I find the right attorney for my case?
A: Start by researching attorneys with expertise in your area of need. Consult with them to discuss your case and evaluate their compatibility.

Q: Is it always necessary to go to trial?
A: No, many legal disputes can be resolved through negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, avoiding the need for a trial.

Q: What should I bring to my first meeting with an attorney?
A: Bring any relevant documents, such as contracts, emails, or incident reports, to provide your attorney with a clear picture of your situation.

Q: How long does a legal case typically take to resolve?
A: The timeline varies depending on the complexity of the case. Some cases can be resolved in a matter of months, while others may take years.

Q: What should I do if I’m not satisfied with my attorney’s performance?
A: Discuss your concerns with your attorney first. If issues persist, you may consider seeking new legal representation.

Q: How can I stay updated on changes in the law that affect me?
A: Subscribe to legal newsletters, follow reputable legal websites, and consult with your attorney regularly for updates.


Navigating the legal maze may seem challenging, but with the guidance of expert attorneys and a solid understanding of legal strategies, you can confidently face any legal situation. Remember to choose the right attorney, understand your legal needs, and be prepared for negotiation or trial. By following these expert recommendations, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the complex world of the law.

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“From Courtroom Dramas to Legal Triumphs: Inside the World of Attorney Law”




From Courtroom Dramas to Legal Triumphs: Inside the World of Attorney Law

In today’s complex and ever-changing legal landscape, the role of attorneys has evolved significantly. From defending the accused in high-stakes courtroom dramas to negotiating legal triumphs that shape society, attorneys play a vital role in our justice system. In this article, we will delve deep into the fascinating world of attorney law, exploring the various facets and shedding light on what it truly means to be an attorney.

The Evolution of Attorney Law

Attorney law, often referred to as the legal profession, has a rich history that spans centuries. From its origins in ancient civilizations to its modern-day complexities, this field has undergone a remarkable transformation.

Ancient Origins of Legal Representation

In the annals of history, legal representation can be traced back to ancient civilizations such as Mesopotamia and Ancient Rome. These early legal practitioners laid the foundation for the legal profession we know today.

The Birth of Modern Attorney Law

The modern legal profession began to take shape in the Middle Ages, with the establishment of the first universities and the emergence of legal scholars. This period marked the transition from informal legal advisors to trained professionals.

The Contemporary Attorney

Today, attorneys are highly educated professionals who navigate a complex web of laws and regulations. They specialize in various fields, including criminal law, civil litigation, corporate law, and more.

A Day in the Life of an Attorney

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an attorney? Let’s take a glimpse into their daily routines and responsibilities.

Legal Research and Case Analysis

Attorneys spend a significant portion of their day conducting in-depth legal research and analyzing cases. This is the foundation upon which their legal strategies are built.

Client Consultations and Counseling

Attorneys meet with clients to understand their legal issues, provide guidance, and outline potential courses of action. Effective communication and empathy are essential skills in this aspect of their work.

Courtroom Advocacy

One of the most iconic aspects of an attorney’s job is their presence in the courtroom. They represent their clients, present evidence, and argue legal points before judges and juries.

Negotiations and Settlements

Not all legal matters end up in court. Attorneys often engage in negotiations and settlements, aiming to resolve disputes amicably and cost-effectively.

Specializations in Attorney Law

Attorney law is incredibly diverse, with attorneys specializing in various practice areas. Here are some of the most prominent ones:

Criminal Defense Attorneys

These attorneys defend individuals accused of crimes, ensuring their rights are protected and advocating for fair treatment under the law.

Corporate Lawyers

Corporate lawyers advise businesses on legal matters, including mergers, acquisitions, contracts, and compliance with regulations.

Family Law Attorneys

Family law attorneys handle cases related to divorce, child custody, adoption, and other family-related legal issues.

Environmental Lawyers

These attorneys focus on cases involving environmental regulations, pollution, and conservation efforts.

The Path to Becoming an Attorney

Becoming an attorney is a rigorous journey that requires dedication and perseverance. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the path of becoming a legal professional.

Undergraduate Education

Most aspiring attorneys begin their journey with a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as political science or pre-law.

Law School

Law school is a challenging phase where students delve into the intricacies of legal theory and practice. It typically takes three years to complete.

Bar Examination

After graduating from law school, aspiring attorneys must pass the bar examination in their jurisdiction to become licensed practitioners.

Ongoing Professional Development

Attorneys are lifelong learners, constantly staying updated on changes in the law through continuing legal education.


What is the role of an attorney in society?

Attorneys serve as advocates, advisors, and representatives for their clients, ensuring that their legal rights are protected and that justice is served.

How long does it take to become an attorney?

The path to becoming an attorney typically involves four years of undergraduate education, three years of law school, and passing the bar examination, totaling around seven years.

Can attorneys specialize in multiple areas of law?

Yes, attorneys can choose to specialize in multiple areas of law, allowing them to provide a broader range of legal services to their clients.

What are the key qualities of a successful attorney?

Successful attorneys possess strong analytical skills, excellent communication abilities, empathy, and a deep understanding of the law.

Do attorneys only work in courtrooms?

No, while attorneys do represent clients in court, a significant portion of their work involves legal research, client consultations, negotiations, and drafting legal documents.

How do attorneys stay updated on changes in the law?

Attorneys engage in ongoing professional development, including continuing legal education courses and staying informed about legislative changes.


“From Courtroom Dramas to Legal Triumphs: Inside the World of Attorney Law” offers a glimpse into the dynamic and multifaceted realm of attorney law. It is a field marked by its rich history, diverse specializations, and the unwavering commitment of legal professionals to uphold justice. Whether you aspire to become an attorney or simply want to understand the intricacies of this profession, this article has provided valuable insights into the fascinating world of attorney law.


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The Secrets: How Attorneys Are Changing the Game in Law





In an ever-changing legal landscape, attorneys have emerged as game-changers, reshaping the way we perceive and navigate the world of law. With their expertise, dedication, and innovative approaches, attorneys are breaking new ground and revolutionizing the practice of law. In this article, we will unveil the secrets behind how attorneys are changing the game in law, exploring the intricacies of their roles and the transformative impact they have on the legal realm.

Unveiling the Secrets: How Attorneys Are Changing the Game in Law

The legal profession, once steeped in tradition, has undergone a remarkable transformation. Attorneys, equipped with extensive legal knowledge and a commitment to justice, are at the forefront of this evolution. Let’s delve into the key aspects that highlight their pivotal role.

The Power of Legal Advocacy

Legal advocacy is at the heart of what attorneys do. They are not mere courtroom performers but individuals dedicated to upholding justice. Attorneys represent their clients’ interests, ensuring that every voice is heard and every right is protected. Through persuasive arguments, they influence decisions that shape the course of legal proceedings.

Navigating Complex Legal Frameworks

One of the secrets behind attorneys’ success is their ability to navigate intricate legal frameworks. Laws can be convoluted and subject to constant changes. Attorneys stay updated with these changes, providing clients with accurate advice and strategies tailored to their unique situations.

Mediators and Conflict Resolvers

Attorneys often serve as mediators, helping parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Their negotiation skills and in-depth understanding of the law enable them to find common ground and reach amicable solutions, saving time, money, and emotional distress.

Guardians of Rights

Attorneys are staunch guardians of individual rights. They ensure that no one’s rights are violated, regardless of the circumstances. This commitment to upholding the law strengthens the foundations of justice in society.

Embracing Technology

The legal field has witnessed a technological revolution, and attorneys are quick to embrace these advancements. From e-discovery tools to virtual courtrooms, attorneys leverage technology to streamline their work, making legal services more efficient and accessible.

Advocating for Social Change

Attorneys are not confined to courtrooms alone. They play a significant role in advocating for social change. They champion causes that align with justice and equality, working towards a fairer and more equitable society.

Ethical Compass

Ethics are paramount in the legal profession, and attorneys uphold the highest ethical standards. Their unwavering commitment to integrity ensures that justice is served transparently and without compromise.

Empowering Clients

Attorneys empower their clients with knowledge and options. They demystify complex legal jargon, enabling clients to make informed decisions about their cases. This empowerment fosters a sense of control and confidence.

Pro Bono Work

Many attorneys engage in pro bono work, providing legal services to those who cannot afford them. This selfless act reflects their dedication to justice and the well-being of their communities.

Balancing Advocacy and Neutrality

Attorneys must strike a delicate balance between advocating for their clients and maintaining neutrality. This equilibrium ensures a fair legal process and instills trust in the legal system.

Influencing Precedent

Landmark cases often set legal precedents, shaping future interpretations of the law. Attorneys who argue these cases play a pivotal role in influencing the direction of legal jurisprudence.

Legal Innovators

Attorneys are not just followers of the law; they are also legal innovators. They propose new legal strategies and challenge established norms, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the legal realm.

Protecting the Vulnerable

Attorneys serve as protectors of the vulnerable in society, including children, the elderly, and those with limited resources. Their advocacy ensures that the most marginalized individuals receive the legal support they need.

Adapting to Changing Circumstances

The legal landscape is dynamic, and attorneys excel at adapting to changing circumstances. Whether it’s a shift in legislation or a global crisis, attorneys remain resilient and resourceful.

International Reach

Attorneys today have a global reach. They navigate international laws and treaties, providing clients with insights into the complexities of cross-border legal matters.

Bridging the Justice Gap

Attorneys play a vital role in bridging the justice gap. They strive to make legal services more accessible to all, irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds.

Ensuring Due Process

Due process is the cornerstone of justice, and attorneys ensure that it is upheld in every legal proceeding. They work diligently to prevent miscarriages of justice.

Educators and Mentors

Attorneys pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation. Many serve as educators and mentors, shaping the future of the legal profession.

Legal Research Pioneers

In the age of information, attorneys are pioneers of legal research. They utilize vast databases and digital resources to build strong cases and defend their clients effectively.

Diverse Specializations

Attorneys specialize in diverse fields, from environmental law to intellectual property. This specialization allows them to provide specialized, in-depth counsel to clients.

The Role of Precedent

Precedent is a crucial element in legal decision-making. Attorneys study past cases to build persuasive arguments and navigate legal complexities.

Upholding Democracy

Attorneys play a pivotal role in upholding democracy. They ensure that the principles of justice and fairness are upheld in government and political processes.

A Voice for the Voiceless

Attorneys often represent individuals and groups who lack a voice in the legal system. They amplify the concerns of marginalized communities.

Striving for Equity

Attorneys advocate for equity in all aspects of life, from the workplace to the courtroom. Their efforts contribute to a more just society.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of attorneys in shaping legal precedent?

Attorneys play a crucial role in shaping legal precedent by arguing landmark cases and influencing how the law is interpreted. Their persuasive skills and legal expertise are instrumental in setting new standards.

How do attorneys adapt to changes in the legal landscape?

Attorneys adapt to changes in the legal landscape by staying informed about legislative developments, embracing technology, and continuously improving their skills. This adaptability ensures they remain effective in their roles.

Can attorneys really make a difference in advocating for social change?

Yes, attorneys can make a significant difference in advocating for social change. They use their legal knowledge to challenge unjust laws, fight for civil rights, and promote social justice causes.

What is the significance of attorneys offering pro bono services?

Attorneys offering pro bono services provide legal representation to individuals who cannot afford it. This ensures that justice is accessible to all, regardless of financial means.

How do attorneys balance advocacy and neutrality in legal proceedings?

Attorneys balance advocacy and neutrality by upholding their ethical duty to represent their clients’ interests vigorously while also respecting the principles of fairness and justice in legal proceedings.

What is the impact of attorneys on international legal matters?

Attorneys have a significant impact on international legal matters by navigating complex international laws and treaties

, representing clients in cross-border disputes, and contributing to global legal discussions.


Attorneys are the unsung heroes of the legal world, tirelessly working to uphold justice, protect rights, and shape the future of the legal profession. Their influence extends far beyond courtrooms, touching every aspect of society. As we unveil the secrets of how attorneys are changing the game in law, we gain a deeper appreciation for their indispensable role in our lives.

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