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A Lawyer’s Backstairs Journey Through the Criminal Justice System . . .

. . . or, “The impossibility of explaining anything to a man with power.”

Two jails, eight prisons, five states, 30 cells, 7 dorms, 8 weeks in the hole, 1,682 days. ‘Lawyerguy’, ‘Bird’, ‘Ro-dog’, ‘Hate Monger’, ‘Red’, ‘Professor’, a half-dozen more nicknames. Six fights (5-0-1), a dozen confrontations, thousands of jump-shots, eight hundred students, tens of thousands of meals cooked, and hundreds of unsolicited clients – inmate and staff alike.

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The ’26-1′ Rule (a parable)

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