Category Archives: Legal Reality Check

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IN SEARCH OF ATTICUS FINCH — Enter Marcus Mumford, like a Bull in a China Shop — by Todd Macfarlane

  First Published in Range magazine. At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2017, after a six-week trial and week-long deliberations, the federal jury in the Oregon Standoff Trial…

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Addressing JUDICIAL BIAS and the Elephant in the Room — Legal Reality Check — by Todd Macfarlane

  What If You’re Viewed as the Red-Headed Step Child? Have you ever watched the movie Ever After starring Drew Barrymore? It depicts Barrymore in a Cinderella role, as the…

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Critical Questions of Jurisdiction, Discovery, Labels, Discrimination & Choosing a Jury — Welcome to Federal Court — Legal Reality Check — by Todd Macfarlane

Oregon Standoff “Discovery” Makes Interesting Revelations The time of surprises in criminal trials is now supposed to be a thing of the past.  Unlike legal drama movies and TV series…

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Anatomy of a Conspiracy — Legal Reality Check — by Todd Macfarlane

The only thing that makes a conspiracy illegal is an unlawful purpose or objective. Bearing the whole judicial transparency issue in mind, in this piece I’m going to follow-up on…

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Ongoing Issues with Judicial Transparency, the Fourth Amendment, and Lengthy Pre-trial Detention — LEGAL REALITY CHECK — by Todd Macfarlane

  The Oregon Standoff cases test the bounds of a number of issues from judicial transparency to Fourth Amendment protections, and lengthy pre-trial detentions. As previously mentioned, the Internet, including…