Fault Lines
16 January 2019




Lee Pacchia is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Fault Lines, and Mimesis Law before that. Previously, Lee helped design and launch the multimedia channel for Bloomberg Law. From designing the product to hosting and producing three WebTV shows a week, Lee helped guide the project to become one of the most visible media platforms in American legal journalism. Prior to joining Bloomberg Law, Lee clerked for the Hon. Raymond T. Lyons in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey. Lee holds a JD from New York Law School and a BA from Wesleyan University. He lives in New York City. Email | Twitter | LinkedIn

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Scott Greenfield is a criminal defense lawyer and blawger at Simple Justice. He refuses to answer any other questions. Twitter


Andrew Fleischman is an appellate public defender in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law, and spent a year in private DUI defense before entering public service. America’s criminal justice system continues to surprise him, not always pleasantly. Twitter

Andrew J. King is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney under Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney Carol O’Brien. Prior to this position, Andrew was a public defender that represented capital clients in a range of litigation and also a CJA panel attorney for the Sixth Circuit. Andrew served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Kline. Andrew’s other judicial-related experience includes serving as an extern for both Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Terrence O’Donnell and U.S. Court for Southern District Court of Ohio, Judge Algenon L. Marbley. Andrew received a B.A. degree from The Ohio State University and received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Capital University Law School. He is a member of the bars of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and both the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Ohio and the Northern District of Ohio. Andrew is a past associate editor of the Capital University Law School Law Review and is the author of several published legal articles. Twitter

Caleb Kruckenberg  Caleb Kruckenberg is a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in New Mexico and a prosecutor in New York City. His diverse background and experiences have confirmed that every jurisdiction is unfair and dysfunctional. He also has a soft spot for extremely unpopular causes. Twitter

Christopher Seaton is a criminal defense and domestic relations attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He earned his Rule 31 mediation certification and opened his own mediation practice before attaining his law license and has spoken around the country on various topics ranging from the use of body language identifiers in negotiations to the role of trust in mediations.  When not enjoying a good novel, practicing sleight of hand, or playing with his two children. Twitter

David Meyer-Lindenberg  doesn’t quite get why he merits a bio. A German national, he was a seventeen-year-old law student at Heidelberg when he realized he was completely out of his element, so he brushed up on his English and decided to try his hand as an American attorney. His criminal-justice ramblings appear here, his screeds on free speech and German law have been featured at Techdirt and he remains convinced none of you know how good you have it with this “Constitution” thing. Twitter

Gregory J. Prickett is an attorney in Fort Worth handling criminal defense, DWI defense, and family law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Greg served over 20 years as a police officer and supervisor. He holds a master peace officer and instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He was also a sobriety test instructor, an intoxilizer operator, and a firearms instructor. His assignments included patrol, investigations, training, and administration. After his police career, he attended the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, earning his juris doctorate and becoming a member of the bar. He also holds both an associate and bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College, earned while he served in the military. Greg retired from the USAF Reserves as a captain, following a career in the Army Guard and the Air Guard, where he served as a paratrooper, in the mechanized infantry, and in the USAF security police. Greg has two children and twelve grandchildren. Twitter

Hon. Mark W. Bennett, Senior United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.

Hon. John L. Kane, Jr., Senior United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.

Hon. Richard G. Kopf, Senior United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska.

Joshua Snow Kendrick is a partner at Kendrick & Leonard, P.C., a small firm with offices in Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina. He handles criminal defense and civil litigation. Twitter

Ken White, who writes about free speech and criminal justice at Popehat.com, is a criminal defense attorney and civil litigator at Brown White & Osborn LLP in Los Angeles. Twitter

Lou Hayes, Jr. has been a full-time municipal police officer in the Chicago area since 1998. His current and previous assignments include: uniformed patrol, crisis intervention team, tactical/SWAT, training, and criminal investigations. As a member of The Virtus Group, his responsibilities are focused on strategic thinking, adaptability, training curriculum design, and creative decision-making. Lou‘s study includes generalism, emotional intelligence, adult learning, human performance under stress, and complex adaptive systems. His relentless asking of challenging questions that begin with How and Why have earned him the nickname “Tactical Philosopher.” Twitter

Mario Machado handles criminal defense and immigration cases in south Florida. On top of criminal defense, he advises and represents clients in collateral matters such as immigration proceedings and administrative hearings. He is a long time reader of Simple Justice and other elite law blogs, and the emergence of Fault Lines gave him the ideal opportunity to begin contributing to the understanding of criminal law, and to help illustrate how other areas of practice can crossover into the criminal defense arena.  Mario is a native of Venezuela who lives in Coconut Grove, Florida, and at one time or another, he has been an NCAA athlete, musician, martial artist, and tennis pro.  He is an avid reader whose favorite motto is “Allons Travailler!” Twitter

Mark W. Bennett is a psychodramatist, improviser, hypnotist, and free-speech and criminal-defense lawyer with a nationwide practice and an office in Houston. Twitter

Matthew Brown is a lawyer at Brown & Little, P.L.C., a small law firm located in Tempe, Arizona. He has been licensed since 2007 and practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense, representing clients both at trial and on appeal in misdemeanors as well as felonies in tribal, state, and federal courts throughout Arizona. Matt ihas presented classes for the Arizona Public Defender Association and Lorman Education Services. His writings have been published by Thomson Reuters, the East Valley Tribune, and the Record Reporter, and he has offered commentary for MSNBC and Phoenix’s NBC 12 News. He has been blogging since 2008 at Tempe Criminal Defense. Twitter

Noel Erinjeri was born and raised in Flint, MI. Given that his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) was in physics, when he got to law school, he thought he’d end up in patent law. Actually taking a patent law class cured him of that ambition, but he found criminal law and constitutional law much more interesting. After graduating in 2008, he got a job as an Assistant Public Defender in Fulton, Missouri. He returned to Michigan in 2014 and now practices at Rockind Law. Twitter

Sam Bieler is a first-year law student and Furman Public Policy Scholar at New York University Law School. Before going to law school, he was a senior researcher at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center focusing on gun violence and sentencing reform. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Vice. When not railing against the state of the justice system, he can be found mixing up the finest homebrew beer in Midtown. Twitter

Thomas Johnson is a former public defense Investigator who worked in Seattle and San Francisco. He has investigated everything from shopping-while-black to homicide (alleged). He took his BA in Political Science from the University of Washington. He is a volunteer advocate for homelessness and access to justice issues and lives in northern California. Twitter



Alex Bunin is the Chief Public Defender for Harris County, Texas. Previously, he was the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of New York. In 1999, he was appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to establish Federal Public Defender offices in the Districts of Northern New York and Vermont. He sits on the Advisory Board of THE CHAMPION magazine. He serves on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors and committees on Federal Rules, Electronic Case Filing, and Fourth Amendment Advocacy. As well as having written law review articles on federal sentencing and the death penalty, he is co-author of O’CONNOR’S FEDERAL CRIMINAL RULES & CODES  (O’Connor 2012).

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Ken Womble was born and raised in Florida, studied Criminology & Criminal Justice at FSU before earning his law degree from Northeastern University. After law school, Ken moved to New York to work for almost a decade as a public defender.  He is now a partner at Moore Zeman Womble, LLP.  He calls Brooklyn home. Twitter

Jeff Gamso was once an English professor, was at one time the Legal Director of the ACLU of Ohio, and was for many years engaged in the private practice of law representing all sorts of people the government thought were miscreants including a fair number it wanted to, planned to, and in a few cases eventually did execute.  He still represents folks the government accuses of crimes and in some cases hopes to put to death, but he’s a public defender these days, so can’t be hired.  (He’d like to think he could never be bought.) Nothing he writes here is endorsed by the public defender’s office where he works, but the bosses probably agree with some of it. Along with writing at Fault Lines, he has another blog, Gamso – For the Defense; the PD’s office doesn’t endorse that one, either.

Prof. Jessica Gabel Cino is an associate professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, where she teaches courses on forensic evidence, evidence forensic medicine, and contracts. Prior to joining Georgia State, she clerked for Hon. Peter T. Fay, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While practicing in San Francisco at Covington & Burling LLP, she focused on white-collar crime and death penalty cases. She also taught evidence and forensic evidence as an adjunct professor at the University of California Hastings School of Law. Twitter

JoAnne Musick is a criminal, juvenile and family lawyer in Houston, Texas. She is a former prosecutor turned defense lawyer who is board certified in both criminal law and juvenile law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. JoAnne is active in the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association having twice served as it’s president and in the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She is a long-time editor of The Defender as well as a regular contributor to several blogs on legal issues. A classic over-achiever and type-A personality, JoAnne also mentors and provides continuing legal education throughout Texas. Twitter

Murray Newman is a Native Texan, born in Bryan, Texas, growing up across the street from the elected District Attorney.  He attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a B.A. in History in 1995 before attending law school at the University of Houston.  In 1999, he joined the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where he would rise to the level of Felony District Court Chief.  Murray left the D.A.’s Office in December of 2008 and has been practicing criminal defense ever since.  He lives in Houston with his wife and two sons. Twitter

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