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The Know-Believe Gap

I am going to tell you something you don’t believe.  I didn’t believe it.  But sadly, I came to learn it’s true. And it’s terrible. It’s destructive.  Terribly destructive…to our democracy.   The kicker, we didn’t even know we believed it. Who does our Constitution protect against?  Before you answer that, let me share my observation.  People, lots of people, keep reading »

The Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause

In our second video, we square off with the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause. It’s one of our most important, but misunderstood constitutional rights. When someone accuses you of wrongdoing, your right to confront them may be the only way to clear your name. keep reading »

Black and white cowboy hats

In westerns, you can tell the difference between the hero and villain in a second.   The hero is wearing the white hat.  The villain is wearing the black hat.  This symbolism immediately identifies and contrasts the “righteous” and “wicked.” Our mind is wired to automatically give meaning to whatever is before your eyes.  You see two keep reading »

The Fourth Amendment…In the beginning

Legal Coffee has a new YouTube channel! In our first video, we tackle the Fourth Amendment. To understand the Fourth Amendment you need to understand “why” it was created by the Founding Fathers. Before the American Revolution, England’s debt swelled from fighting the French and Indian War. To solve the problem, England decided to tax the American Colonies. While keep reading »

Fairness…Part 2

    You know what the word fairness means. So do the people sitting to your right, and so do the people to your left. The problem is, you don’t know what each other means when the word is spoken. You may assume that everyone has a common understanding when they say a process was “fair”. However, in truth, each keep reading »

Innocent or Not Innocent

Under the rule of law, you start presumed innocent.  This is true in every criminal case.  If the prosecution does not prove their allegations, beyond a reasonable doubt, then the law requires a verdict of not guilty.  When this occurs, the status quo remains in place – innocence. Does this mean that “not guilty” and “innocent” are the same thing?  keep reading »

Fairness

Fairness is a complicated picture to paint. If you put a group of people in a room, they could probably agree upon a definition of fairness.  However, it is unlikely they will all agree what “fairness” should look like in any given situation. Thus, when a person says they can be “fair and impartial” that doesn’t reveal much.  Other than keep reading »

Seeing the world remarkably

Every now and then you see someone who creates something which changes you.  Their novel way of expressing an idea – alters a previous and maybe even a precious perception. When this happens, we might think “Wow, she sees things differently.”  When you really think about, we all think about things differently.  We all bring the sum total of our keep reading »

The myth of milk

We have an unhealthy relationship with milk – both biologically and metaphorically. While the biological debate is well documented, its metaphorical issues deserve more consideration. If left to nature the fat in milk will separate. The less dense portions of the fat rise to the top. This is what we call cream. People often consider this the “best” part… keep reading »

Making things pretty

You make things the way you want them to be.  I mean…you try to. Hemingway ends one of his most famous novels with the line: “isn’t it pretty to think so.”  His story shows us how we all color our what ifs with our wants, needs and fears. Hemingway’s art metaphorically reflects our need to believe our world views – regardless keep reading »