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Kendall Coffey: Obstruction Charges


Well, if they [the authorities] have evidence that anyone was intimidating a witness; we all know that is a crime. It’s a federal crime. And it comes up a lot. It’s one of the reasons attorneys tell clients, who are concerned about an investigation: “Don’t go talking to other witnesses. Don’t try to influence in one way or another because the Feds can charge that as a crime of obstruction and they often do.” …But any kind of obstruction investigation must center on identifying an individually guilty actor. So, it’s not enough to talk about an atmosphere, you have to talk about what a specific individual did or said to intimidate a witness. And without that there is nothing the Feds can do about it other than raise the public consciousness and put it in a report. From: Spinning the Law on the Steve Malzberg Show...

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Kendall Coffey: Attorney of the Month


“That [A vote challenge by Joe Carollo in the 1998 Miami mayoral election] was one of the few challenges to a major election that has ultimately succeeded in court and may be the last time that a fraud challenge has reversed an election result for the Southern District of Florida,” Kendall Coffey said. Find the article in Attorney At Law...

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Elliot Mintz and Public Opinion


Attorneys in 2015 are tasked with not only defending their clients in front of a judge and jury, but the public as well. As media consultant Elliot Mintz puts it, “We are living in a time when a lawyer is frequently called upon to make his case before the media as well as the jury,” because “public opinion has a longer shelf life than a verdict.” Read more about the contemporary challenges many lawyers face, applying spin to the court of public opinion, and more here....

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Kendall Coffey’s Unsolicited Advice to Law Students #2


Kendall Coffey’s unsolicited advise to law students: Rule Number Two- Be really nice to all your fellow law students. They are a network that is a lifelong network and hugely  important. Referrals, even employment may come from former classmates. Someday some will be judges, others will be elected officials, and most will be successful at something that really matters. And sometimes, one former classmate (hopefully not more) could be a future wife or husband. So share your notes and other help if asked- you are already sharing an unforgettable present and a fascinating...

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Kendall Coffey’s Unsolicited Advice  to Law Students #1


Kendall Coffey’s Unsolicited advice to law students: Rule Number One- be ethical and resist pressures to be anything else. All you you have is your reputation. And remember, if things get messy, young lawyers get thrown overboard...

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Kendall Coffey: ‘American Sniper’ Murder Case


“You’ve got testimony that he did it because they wouldn’t talk to them. That doesn’t sound like a sane move. But again, it’s not up to the prosecution to prove. It’s all on the defense to make that case. […] It leave the jury guessing and assuming that not guilty means not guilty. If you told the jury he’s going to spend the rest of his life in a mental institution, or some large number of double-digit years, that might make a difference.” ~ Miami-based attorney Kendall Coffey on the complicated court proceedings in the “American Sniper Trial.” Source: NBC...

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Kendall Coffey: Sheldon Silver


~ Renown Miami Attorney, Kendall Coffey, discussing the shocking charges filed against New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on “The Steve Malzberg Show.” “It’s got to be a stunning thing for New Yorkers. This guy was the second most powerful person in state government after the governor. […] It was a pure, classic shakedown-extortion scheme is what is alleged here. Nothing terribly new — and to the tune of this guy getting $3 million over a period of some...

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Kendall Coffey: The Death of Eric Garner


~  Kendall Coffey, on the NYC grand jury’s decision not to bring charges to Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the homicide of Eric Garner. “Sometimes you wonder if ‘probable cause’ is clearly explained. Because it is not the concept of ultimate guilt or innocence […] This video, and some of these circumstances that we know to be undeniable seem to establish probable cause. We know the chokehold, as it was just described, is a banned, prohibited practice. In effect, this officer knowingly used what amounted to prohibited and excessive force at the very time he began. There are also a group of officers, an obviously unarmed man, and then you add to that the component that he was repeatedly saying he can’t breathe, and yet the police action continued. […] But understanding why this grand jury found that there was no probable cause to charge him for anything is difficult to understand.”  2014 MSNCB Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton...

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Kendall Coffey: Ferguson Grand Jury


~ Kendall Coffey, on the fairness of the Ferguson grand jury process in the case of Officer Darren Wilson. “I feel pretty clearly that rather than a leaderless grand jury investigation, this was a grand jury that was being led to a conclusion of innocence. […] It’s just the questions a defense lawyer would have asked Officer Wilson – ‘didn’t you feel that your life was in jeopardy?’ Well of course you know what the answer is going to be. ‘Didn’t you feel like, in effect, that the shooting was justified?’ Not only does that tell the witness to say he’s innocent, it tells the grand jury members there in the room that this prosecutor is signaling very clearly that the prosecution thinks that officer Wilson is innocent.”  2014 MSNBC Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton...

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Marriage Equality Momentum


“That’s the momentum that’s in our midst and it’s going to continue. […] I think the vast majority […] are going to rule in favor of allowing gay marriage.” – Kendall Coffey on the inevitability of marriage equality. 2013 Newsmax Interview...

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