….and nothing but the truth

…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH Jan/Feb 2017

Why Don’t We Talk Anymore? You can chalk up this entire installment of “…and nothing but the truth” to me being old and outdated, I suppose. It’s definitely going to sound like an old guy railing against modern technology, but I need to vent and there’s no town square with a soapbox for me to climb. The closest I can come is this column and I thank you for reading it. By the way, this column is 30 years old…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH Nov/Dec 2016

Duterte’s “War on Drugs” Imagine this: You’ve decided to take a vacation to take in the sights and culture of the Pacific Islands: Bora Bora, Fiji, the Phillipines. You know, places where you can relax on some Pacific shore while sipping coconut juice and, well, kill a few drug dealers. What was that? If you haven’t heard already, Phillipine President Rodrigo Duterte, elected by a landslide vote this past June, is rather strong on crime. That’s always a good thing,…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH Sept/Oct 2016

“…exposing the tactics that law enforcement uses to make confessions happen.” Just when you didn’t think another punch or kick was coming, here it comes, late – after the whistle – and even from someone who was on your side. I’m talking about James L. Trainum’s new book, How the Police Generate False Confessions: An Inside Look at the Interrogation Room (Rowman and Littlefield). There’s so much to say about the timing, the title and the tone of the arrival…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH July/August 2016

“Nyberg for the State, Your Honor” I’ve been told by four different people that I should have gone, or should go, to law school. I don’t know. What would I do? Criminal defense? No. Civil? Ugh, maybe. Prosecutor? My heart would be in it, but it would have to be in the right jurisdiction. I was very lucky during my two plus decades in homicide to have worked with some truly outstanding prosecutors, many of whom are judges now, but…