2016 American Heart Association Heart Walk

Posted by Roy Black

My Firm and I have committed to support this year’s American Heart Association Heart Walk. Why? Because I like to be an advocate. That’s what I do.

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Howard Srebnick Wins Appeal in Sexy Miami Beach Bar-Girl Case

Posted by Wanda Gomez

In a colorful 41-page opinion, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed all counts charging nightclub owner Albert Takhalov with wire fraud and money laundering.

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U.S. Supreme Court Adopts View Expressed in Amicus Brief Co-Authored by Firm Attorneys

Posted by Wanda Gomez

Representing the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Miami Chapter, Firm attorneys Howard Srebnick and Joshua Shore co-authored an amicus brief in support of the defendants in the Supreme Court of the United States in Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle.

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The First Minute: Night

Posted by Roy Black

I can not exaggerate the power of the opening, the first minute, even the first sentence, of a speech. The speaker must capture the attention of the audience. If not they drift off into their own world and tune you out. How do you grab by the throat and make them listen?

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Roy Black’s Mentor, Phillip Hubbart, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daily Business Review

Posted by Wanda Gomez

Lifetime Achievement: Former Miami-Dade Public Defender Surprised Courts by Demanding Trials Roy Black has also published several other blog articles on Phil Hubbart. Phillip A. Hubbart Hubbart: The Reaction Hubbart FACDL  

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A Tale of Two Cities

Posted by Roy Black

New York, April 30, 2016. Renee Hill represents one of nine current or former Rikers Island prison guards charged with viciously beating an inmate. Jahmal Lightfoot, the former inmate, is the star witness against the guards. Lightfoot testified that these guards mercilessly punched, kicked and stomped on him with boots that felt “like a brick.”

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Ghomeshi: The Letter

Posted by Roy Black

Once in rare while we come across a piece of advocacy which seems almost perfect. This is hard to accomplish in cross examination because your “partner” is hostile and seeks to thwart you at every turn. This is especially true in a sex crimes case because they are so freighted with emotion. The accuser can be highly agitated and the cross-examininer can easily lose control. It rarely goes as scripted.

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Ghomeshi: Witness #3

Posted by Roy Black

After the DeCoutre Disaster the Crown called to the witness box a woman publicly identified only as complaint #3. If the Crown thought she would bring their case back from the dead, they were sorely mistaken.

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Jian Ghomeshi: Cross-examination #1

Posted by Roy Black

I enjoy following trials and dissecting cross-examinations. An outstanding example of confrontation is currently proceeding in Canada. Jian Ghomeshi is the celebrity defendant in the Canadian “Trial of the Century.” He is being defended by Marie Henein, a protege of the late Eddie Greenspan, who was Canada’s best known criminal lawyer.

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What Makes a Hero?

Posted by Roy Black

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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