All posts by Cynthia Alkon

Smile!??

When I lived in Los Angeles it felt like some stranger or another was constantly ordering me to “smile!” I was a criminal defense lawyer with the Los Angeles Public Defender which meant I regularly struggled with seeing people at their worst, seeing tragedy, and incredible ugliness. Not exactly the kind of working world that … Continue reading Smile!??

Disgraceful Example of Hard Bargaining in Plea Bargaining

Yesterday the AP reported that prosecutors in Nashville, Tennessee “made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years.” The cases all seemed to involve mistreatment or neglect of children and some involved seriously mentally ill defendants. The article makes it clear that these are just the known … Continue reading Disgraceful Example of Hard Bargaining in Plea Bargaining