People often ask me why I started wearing bow ties. Here’s the answer: When I turned 65, I was in a funk. My life and career had reached a plateau. I was bored, and I was sinking in the doldrums. I was having a delayed “midlife crisis.” (Most men have their midlife crisis between 40-55 … Continue reading Why Bow Ties?
I love working with jurors. They are upstanding citizens doing their civic duty, often at great sacrifice. However, like everything else in the criminal justice system, jurors can be unpredictable. The IRS Investigator I had just begun questioning the one hundred prospective jurors in a serious felony case. One of my first questions is: … Continue reading “My” Unpredictable Jurors, Pt 2
Great LDS Quotes Let me assure you . . . that some day you will have a personal . . . interview with the Savior, Himself. If you are interested, I will tell you the order in which He will ask you to account for your earthly responsibilities. First, He will request an accountability report … Continue reading David O. McKay – Our Personal Interview with the Savior
(Caution: Violent Content) I presided over a preliminary hearing in a bizarre and tragic domestic violence case. The "couch potato" husband schlepped home after work, just in time to watch the start of the baseball game with his favorite team. He grabbed a couple of six packs of cold beer from the fridge. He eased … Continue reading Case of the “Lazy” Husband Murdering His “Nagging” Wife
I handled a case that could have come from a TV medical drama. An eminent surgeon was having an affair with one of his surgical nurses. The surgeon was married and had several children. The nurse was single. The surgeon kept stringing the nurse along by declaring that he loved her more than his wife. … Continue reading Case of the Surgeon and the Jilted Nurse
Background and Observations on Domestic Violence (DV) Cases The Paradigm Shift From Laxness to No Tolerance One of my judicial specialties is domestic violence cases. Every day, I deal with 5-10 DV cases. In the last 40 years there has been huge paradigm shift in how DV cases are prosecuted. When I was a Deputy … Continue reading Domestic Violence, and the Case of the Wife Who Super-Glued Her Husband’s “Member” to His Abdomen