This recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
reversed a conviction because of ineffective assistance of counsel. Trial counsel failed to move to suppress a statement
made while the defendant was in custody, even though he had invoked his right to counsel (and been told he had no such right)
and was falsely promised leniency if he gave a statement. The opinion reminds us that the crusade against false confessions
requires, among other things, vigilance by defense counsel.
Michael Vick's crimes were heinous and his punishment deserved,
but he has paid his debt to society. While the wrath of animal rights activists is understandable, I'm glad that the Philadelphia
Eagles signed Vick. Rehabilitation is a legitimate aspect of the criminal justice system, and people deserve a second