The witness taking the fifth

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that a person cannot be compelled in a criminal trial to be a witness against herself. What happens when someone who is not the defendant but a wi…

Opening statement equals mistrial

In criminal cases, the 5th Amendment protects a defendant from having to testify, and the criminal defendant has no obligation to present any evidence at trial.  However, where the defense lawyer…

Explaining the Freddie Gray case

The ongoing story of the prosecutions of police officers in Baltimore arising from the death in custody of Freddie Gray includes a ruling, which is being followed in the current trial of a second offi…