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Sep 28, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Before he was accused of sexual assault, I looked at #BrettKavanaugh & I saw the face of an alcoholic. My father was a severe alcoholic. Today - the sporadic moments of belligerence then outpouring of emotion, the victim mentality, denial, all of it - it couldn't be clearer.
My father died from complications resulting from alcoholism. For a long time, I had been angry w/ him. It was only when he died that I appreciated this was an addiction over which he had no control, so I do not mean this as judgment of people who struggle w/ alcohol addiction.
People w/ alcohol addiction often have two faces - one they present to the world, one they present to their families. So it is no surprise that Judge #Kavanaugh would have so many of his colleagues & others attest to his character & fitness to serve on the Supreme Court.
I saw it though in the way he interacted with his wife during the interview with @FoxNews. The way he interjected & answered a question directed towards her & the way she seems to defer to him.
She looks like she is about to flinch when she is in his presence. Just think, his behavior today was in public - imagine what he is like in private, when he is angry. I have no doubt that their relationship is abusive.
To then watch him be so aggrieved & have White male Senators fall over themselves to apologize to him b/c he has been accused of abusing another woman was hard for me to watch. I wondered how it felt to her. I wonder how all of this feels to her & her children.
I could write a much longer thread about this, about alcoholism (how people can be super high-functioning, the secrecy), talking much more about my personal experience (not sure I want to), lots more I observed about #BrettKavanaugh, but super tired, so for another time.

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Oct 6, 2018
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN: Poised to work Saturday night arraignments, 5PM to 1AM, representing poor New Yorkers arrested in the last 24 hours. I’m the felony conflicts attorney and have the pleasure of working with my @BklynDefender colleagues.
I say “arrested in the last 24 hours” and people have a legal right to be brought before a judge within 24 hours of arrest, but many people wait much longer.
The reason there are excessive delays tonight is b/c there's an issue w/ fingerprinting in central booking. When I arrive the courtroom is empty, but for some @CourtWatchNYC volunteers. I say hi & tell them about the problem, b/c I don't want them to be waiting for nothing.
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CRIMINAL COURT, DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN. I'm working arraignments first night of Labor Day weekend. Also day one of @NYCMayor's super hyped new marijuana policy, where most people are not supposed to get arrested for possession of small amounts of weed. Let's see how that plays out.
Seems like a lot of people don't realize you may not get arrested, but you will get a summons, & the summons will be for the exact same charge. You still have to appear in court, just summons court. This doesn't address racial disparity at all, at most it changes the venue.
So far no weed cases have come through, but that's because hardly any cases have come through. That's because a lot of police are on vacation through Sunday & so there have been very few arrests. Arrest numbers are always directly proportional to the number of cops on the street.
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NIGHT COURT: About to stand on case where my 19 year old client & his girlfriend were jumped by 4 people all older than them. My client has bruises & a stab wound. But he’s charged w/ assault. The reason: the people who jumped him called the cops first. It really is that simple.
This is so common. Even when then there is so much evidence to the contrary. For instance, the people who jumped my client came to his building. They had no visible injuries. The police didn’t even ask my client what happened. It honestly feels crazy at times.
Police often make decisions as to who to arrest in assault cases based on very random factors rather than careful consideration of the evidence. For instance, when one person has an order of protection, they will arrest the other.
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1. In arraignments in Brooklyn court last night, first client I arraign is teenager charged w/ stealing small amount of candy incl. apple green gummies & milky way bar w/ his friend from 7 Eleven next door to their school. Attaching the (redacted) criminal complaint here.
2. He is 17 but charged as an adult. The police have the option to give him a desk appearance ticket (DAT) to allow him to come back to court rather than put him through the system. They don't. He is held for almost two days in a cell with adults some charged w/ serious crimes.
3. The prosecutor had the option to decline to prosecute the case. They don't. The complainant of course didn't have to bring the charges. The 7 Eleven is located next to a school. Children steal from the store all the time.
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