Roy Black has an interesting post about appellate advocacy here with lots of good tips and insight. One thing he says that caught my eye is that he believes that one lawyer should handle the trial and the appeal. I agree with him:
While preparing for the moot court event, I thought about who should argue the appeal – the trial lawyer or the appellate specialist. I believe in one lawyer – one advocate; one lawyer who has lived the case and knows everything about it. From the investigation to the bail hearing to trial to arguing the appeals. One lawyer should strive to know every detail, to be the one indispensable lawyer who knows every fact, every motion and every precedent. This is the way to being the consummate advocate. The lawyer for the situation. Any situation.In other news, Facebook pictures of a gang member's kid on a pony led to his arrest and deportation. It's unbelievable to me that people don't understand how everyone can see what you post on Facebook. Via Paula McMahon:
A suspected member of a ruthless criminal gang will be deported — again — after he snuck back into the U.S. and got caught because he posted photos of himself online running pony rides and bounce houses for South Florida kids' parties.Investigators say Dilbert Coreas, 22, of West Palm Beach, is a suspected member of the notorious Central American gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). He was deported to his native El Salvador in November after serving time in state prison for drug-related crimes.Coreas, who has distinctive tattoos of a large cross and a tear drop on his face, caught the attention of detectives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office gang unit when they saw pictures that he posted on Facebook to promote his mother's party-planning business, It'z A Kidz World Party Planning.On Wednesday, Coreas apologized to a federal judge in West Palm Beach for sneaking back into the country just two weeks after he was deported to El Salvador.