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Interview with “Better Call Saul” Writer Bradley Paul
Adam Banner - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As a criminal defense attorney, one of the last things I want to do is bring my work home with me. I grind out my daily workload either in the courtroom, on the road, or at my desk; when I leave the office, I want to be finished with the troubles of the judicial system for at least a few hours. I think that’s one of the reasons I never really got into “Breaking Bad”… even though I believe that every person is innocent until proven guilty and constitutionally entitled to a vigorous defense, it’s difficult to deal with methamphetamine cases during the day, just to go home and listen to methamphetamine cases in my small amount of leisure time. Read More

Oklahoma and the Death Penalty: Big Changes Looming
Adam Banner - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Oklahoma has lately been a hotbed of activity in matters relating to the death penalty. The state that invented the lethal injection as a means of execution is now having its methods questioned by the United States Supreme Court, and less than two weeks ago, Oklahoma approved yet another new method of execution. Read More

Bill Cosby is Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Adam Banner - Monday, April 20, 2015

Innocent until proven guilty. That is the law of the land. Read More

Jinxed? The Strange Case of Robert Durst
Adam Banner - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Those close to Robert Durst have a tendency to end up missing or dead.  Read More

The Law Deans: Dean Janet Levit, University of Tulsa College of Law
Adam Banner - Thursday, March 26, 2015

The University of Tulsa College of Law has many things to be proud of, not the least of which is its esteemed faculty. From 1923 through the present, Oklahoma’s easternmost law school has assembled a wide variety of legal scholars whom share the same goal: crafting tomorrow’s lawyers today. Since 2008, this group of roughly 40 faculty members, less than 400 students, and the administrative staff have been led by Dean Janet Levit. Over her career, Dean Levit has argued cases before the 10th Circuit and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Moreover, she is a published author who has contributed to various law journals and other publications. Now, her primary focus is progressing Tulsa’s Law School as an administrator and professor. Dean Levit was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to speak to me on a number of topics, ranging from the evolution of legal education and the challenges faced by both law students and administrators to media portrayals of the legal profession. I greatly enjoyed our conversation. I think you will as well. Read More

Bill Would Create Sexual Assault Response Programs for Oklahoma Schools
Adam Banner - Friday, February 27, 2015

Last fall, students in Norman, Oklahoma, made national headlines with the "Yes All Daughters" campaign aimed at holding school officials accountable for the protection of rape victims in their schools. Read More

Federal Court Ruling Significant in Child Porn Prosecutions
Adam Banner - Sunday, February 22, 2015

A federal appeals court ruling earlier this month will likely have a significant impact on child pornography prosecutions in the United States. The decision has prompted U.S. lawmakers to propose a bill that would nullify the court's decision about crime victim restitution in subsequent child pornography cases. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Lethal Injection Protocol
Adam Banner - Monday, January 26, 2015

The decision came too late to save Charles Warner. On January 15, Warner was executed by lethal injection on Oklahoma's death row after the United States Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution. The Supreme Court said that it would not review whether or not the use of a particular drug used in a lethal injection protocol for the execution of inmates was a violation of the Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Read More

The "Marijuana Breathalyzer" Update
Adam Banner - Thursday, January 15, 2015

As the number of states which allow legal marijuana in one capacity or another continues to grow, law enforcement and other entities are looking for ways to better detect "stoned" drivers.
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New Year's Eve and DUI: What You Need to Know
Adam Banner - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On almost every major holiday, or in the days surrounding it, there seems to be an increase in the number of impaired drivers on Oklahoma roads. Law enforcement agencies know that many people celebrate these holidays at parties and get-togethers where alcohol is consumed--often in large quantities. Because of this, local police, county sheriff's offices, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol take measures to get impaired drivers off the streets. They publicly announce that they will be increasing patrols--known as saturation patrols--looking for impaired drivers, and they announce that there will be sobriety checkpoints around the city, although they do not typically divulge where these DUI roadblocks will be located. Read More

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