What to Do When the Police Lie – Part 1

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  1. Why all the lawyer hate?

    Just two points: first, for a lawyer, this is literally his job. Have you never been 5 minutes late getting to work in the morning? I respect that a court appointment is a “big deal” to most people, but to hate someone because, as far as you know, they’ve gotten to their job 5 minutes late on one occasion, that’s a little silly.

    Second, I understand that it might seem “lazy” for the lawyer not to have viewed a video yet, but if you already made it to discovery, then the lawyer has, by virtue of necessity, already put in very many hours worth of work. At this point he’s probably challenged the indictment, had to file motions alleging defects with the prosecution. He’s also required to go over the government’s disclosure and challenge their evidence at this point (if he doesn’t challenge the evidence now, he might lose the right to do so). So while it may have seemed nice that he watch the video you gave him, it’s actually potentially far more important that he review the government’s documents for error because that’s the quickest way to a dismissal.

    Of course, I also don’t know this guy, so maybe he really did just sit around and not do anything.

  2. John Dwyer says:

    I’m not sure where you’re getting a feeling of hate out of all of this. I didn’t describe the lawyers as scumbags or sleazy, nor did I make any jokes. I simply narrated their actions. Since you ask, no, actually, I have never been five minutes late to a job because one of the many things I’m paid for by my job is to be at it during the agreed-upon hours. But, doing my job has also never resulted in people going to jail, either, so maybe I hold myself to too high of standards?

    Read part 2 which will be going up soon to get an idea of how much work this case has entailed. I completely agree with you, though, since I have no behind-the-scenes access, I don’t know what all has been done in preparation for the case. I can, however, usually tell when someone is watching a video for the first time. Second time viewings rarely elicit expressions of surprise.

    Good point about reviewing the government’s documents! I didn’t include that but somehow they didn’t manage to get a dismissal either, and the next part will show how baffling that is when the evidence and police reports are put side-by-side.

  3. Good prose, but I feel cheated by the title of this piece. Needs to deliver the promise sooner. I probably won’t come back.

  4. Brian Blackberg says:

    Tom Boniak of Des Plaines police department lied under oath at skokie courthouse IL room 206. Im being charged with poss of cannabis w\intent to deliver and Tom Boniak lied to make himself look not so crooked. I dont know what to do, if anything. Is there any really good lawyer in IL that you know might be able to help me out. I wish i could take a lie detector test and have to cop take one to. Our constitutions a joke with crooked cops working out there. Any advice I can get in anyway what so ever would be most appreciated. Email me or call me at 8478458759. I am telling anyone and everyone that might possibly be able to help

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