Category Archives: Criminal Law

News and Information on criminal law in Columbia and Howard County Maryland from Shapiro and Mack, P.A. Attorneys at Law in Howard County, MD

Why Is This Happening?

Why have two unarmed teens been shot dead by police within the last week? Why has Ferguson, Missouri turned into a military war zone dubbed “Baghdad USA,” where wild police are firing rubber bullets and tear gas into unarmed protesters and arresting reporters in McDonalds for filming their “official duties?” Why are people profiled every…

Rage Against The Machine

“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part… And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got…

To Speak Or Not To Speak; That Is The Question

US Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson is known for many things. He was appointed chief prosecutor of the Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials. He joined the majority and helped defeat racial segregation in schools in the case of Brown v. the Board of Education. However, he is also known for one very…

Why Isn’t It Legal To Punch People In The Face – Just A Little Bit?

  Hopefully I got your attention with the above tremendously stupid question. It is not legal to punch someone in the face a little bit because it would invite mass chaos. Plus, a “little bit” is too hard to define. Let’s say for the sake of argument that “a little bit” was defined as, “just…

Best Lawyers in America

Once again in 2014 Jason A. Shapiro and Paul E. Mack have been duly recognized by U.S. News & World Report as Best Lawyers in America. The Law Firm of Shapiro & Mack has again been named a Tier 1 Best Law Firm in America.  We are extremely proud to accept these coveted awards and…