Monthly Archives: January 2011

Neil Rockind – Dismissal at Exam of ALL charges in a Felony Larceny from a Building case in New Baltimore, MI!

For the past few months we have been representing B.K. who was charged with Larceny from a Building in New Baltimore, MI.

B.K. was accused (by his own father) of taking, without permission, several pieces of equipment from the family-owned veterinary clinic.

Our client  maintained his innocence from the beginning. Nevertheless, the New Baltimore Police Department and the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office did the absolute minimal investigation and charged B.K., even though there was no evidence that B.K. had taken a single thing.

After several months of adjournments, all requested by the Prosecutor’s Office, Neil Rockind finally held the preliminary examination this morning. Half-way through Neil’s cross-examination of the father (the person who was accusing B.K.), the Judge requested to see both the Prosecutor and Defense Counsel in chambers.

The Judge was astonished that there was absolutely no evidence that B.K. had actually taken a single piece of equipment, and yet the father was claiming a loss of nearly $300,000.00! The Judge concluded that due to a complete lack of evidence of theft, that the charges were to be immediately dismissed!

These are the outcomes that we strive for in every single case. All-too-often Prosecutor’s offices just push ahead on cases, even though they have no evidence that the crime actually occurred. And all-too-often the Judges simply bind the defendants over to the Circuit Court in order to clear the cases off of their own docket. It is very reassuring when a District Court Judge can look at a Prosecutor’s case and say to himself and the community, “There is no evidence…I cannot let this case proceed.”

We wish you the best of luck in the future B.K.

– Colin A. Daniels

Township sued over medical marijuana rules

Neil Rockind and Neil Rockind, P.C., the Southfield law firm that concentrates in criminal defense and medical marijuana defense cases, is going the extra mile to protect Medical Marijuana patients and caregivers.  Whether its appearing at City Council meetings or filing lawsuits against cities and townships when they violated the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and patients rights, Neil Rockind, P.C., the Michigan Medical Marijuana Lawyers, are doing what they can.   Here is another artcile that appeared in a local paper detailing Rockind’s pursuit for justice on behalf of two (2) patients.

Township sued over medical marijuana rules.

 

Neil Rockind in the News | Protecting Medical Marijuana Patients from Cities, Townships and the Government

Neil Rockind, a Southfield attorney who said he represents qualified medical marijuana users in Royal Oak, threatened to take the city to court if the City Commission limits where caregivers can grow in the city.

In adopting the “Livonia Model,” the City Commission decided against four other options Gillam presented, including an unlimited timeline for an extension to the medical marijuana moratorium, originally set last spring.

“The debate about where, when or whether marijuana is good or bad, that debate is over,” Rockind told the City Commission during public comment. “I encourage you not to make the same mistake as Livonia, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, all of whom are spending valuable resources in a lawsuit. It’s an important time for this city, a progressive city, to be progressive and not reactionary. I certainly hope I see David Gillam in a casual setting and not on the steps of a courthouse where I hand him a lawsuit.”

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Neil Rockind, Criminal Defense Guru and Medical Marijuana Defense Lawyer vs All Comers!

This is war. I am loathe to use such a serious word with so many ramifications and repurcussions in this discussion/comment. I don’t want to get lumped together with the crazies, fanatics, overzealous, narrowminded lots that use words of war in pacifist times. That being said, this is war. I am on the battlefront. I am on the frontlines. The government and the powers that be are using all of their might to pursue and undermine the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and the compassionate caregivers and patients that lie at the center of the medical marijuana community. However I arrived here . . . I am here. I have vowed to defend this group, this community, these people and their desire to use marijuana as medicine. I don’t plan on losing. Anyone who knows me knows what I can do in Court. Come watch for yourself one day — I spill blood on the courtroom floor. But our opponents are powerful and they are waging war.

Jessica Cooper, the Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Bouchard, the Oakland County Sheriff, Bill Schuette, the Attorney General, Charles Semchena, a former prosecutor who now sits on the Royal Oak City Commision, Sidney Lantz, a City of Southfield Councilman who some say has been around since Roosevelt was president but aren’t such which one, Teddy or Franklin, William Hampton, the City Attorney for virtually every monied city in Oakland County or so it seems and others. The list is long and full of powerful people who have the power and support to destroy a few lives or careers. I say “war” because groups in power fight wars with police forces, money, armies, troops, soldiers, scare and intimidation tactics, arrests, property forfeiture and propaganda. The first casualty of war is the truth. Cancer patients are being referred to as “potheads”. Caregivers as “drug dealers”. It is incredibly sad to see the resistance from the government against the people . . . the government is here to serve but here they just want servants.

This fight has spawned a whole crop of groups and acronyms:

The government’s: DEA, MDCH, OCPO, OCSD, MSP, AG, MML, MTA, NET.

The Medical Marijuana Community: MPP, MCCC, MMMA, MAAC, Sensible of Michigan, Marijuana Patients.org, AMMAC, CPU, et al

Make no mistake about it, a war is being waged. The Medical Marijuana Act is brilliantly written. Its “vaguesness” is its majesty. Why? Because it is written to empower the people and the public. To limit government. It gives us wide berth to patients and caregivers so that they won’t get trappend and prosecuted and convicted for misunderstanding a narrow, specific term. But the government hates to have its power taken away — lilke a child who clings to his “blankey”. Try taking it away . . . they fight back for that symbol of power and comfort. The government is using its resources. I write about one of its weapons — one that I confronted and exposed the other day in court: Propaganda.

People come to watch me in court. That has been both a blessing and a burden. It means that I am entertaining, interesting. It means that I am prepared and ready when called on to do something in court. I am. If you like seeing words used during a cross examination of a witness to “draw blood” from the witness come watch. The other day, in the defense of a medical marijuana case in Waterford, Michigan, I cross examined a snitch/informant. I exposed the propaganda that the Oakland County Sheriff used when these guys were arrested.

The Oakland Press wrote about the confrontation thusly:

After being pummeled with questions from a prosecutor and six defense lawyers for about three hours, [Neil Rockind, defense attorney grilled] “B”, the informant/witness about his pet alligator. During an August press conference announcing the raids, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told the media that the alligator was guarding a grow operation at one defendant’s home.

That alligator belongs to “B” and is about 18 inches long. “B” said the alligator lives in the basement of his Birmingham home in a manmade pond in a room with a door and is not close to the marijuana he grows as a caregiver.

[Rockind questioned the witness about the name of this ferocious guard/attack alligator] and learned that it was named Chubbs, the gator has small teeth and is owned legally as a pet.

The government and Bouchard made it out to be like an attack alligator was guarding this witness’ marijuana plants. I [Neil Rockind] revealed that to be untrue in every way… Chubbs, 18 inches, small teeth, in a different room. Be careful of the misinformation and propaganda.

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Medical Marijuana Patients (Righteous) vs DEA (Its the DEA – Not Righteous, Duh)

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A Great Primer on Cross Examination by Pratt

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF CROSS-EXAMINATION
Timothy A. Pratt

I.
INTRODUCTION
Much has been written about the art of cross-examination. Not all of it, though, involves art. Some of it involves natural talent, but most of it involves hard work. In truth, three factors combine to create this artistic success — personality, presence and persuasion. These traits are often manifest in the ability to think and react quickly. But something else is involved as well — something that trial lawyers often hold in short capacity. That something is humility, and the ability to know when to quit. The art of cross-examination involves all of these traits, and more than a little luck.
This article is intended to provide yet another iteration of the Ten Commandments of cross-examination.[1] Here is the caveat, however — one does not learn to be good at cross-examination by reading papers. The successful artist learns by doing it, or watching others do it well; by reading trial and deposition transcripts or, better yet, by conducting the examination personally. In this era, when there are too few trials to satisfy so many eager trial lawyers, cross-examination techniques can be practiced in depositions. The trial lawyer must learn to get the feel of a good cross-examination; to develop a personal cadence and style. The trial lawyer must learn as well to adapt to particular witnesses and different cases. But he or she learns by doing. In all this, of course, having some general rules in mind will not hurt. Hence, the Ten Commandments.

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