Articles about law and society, crime and punishment, trial advocacy, and other news and events by author and attorney Joe Bodiford.
Congrats to the Florida State University Undergrad Mock Trial Team!!
The FSU Undergrad Mock Trial Team earned an Honorable Mention at the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) National Trial Competition (NTC) on April 18, 2021. Out of over 650 teams, and 5000 competitors that began this journey in the fall,
Professor Bodiford speaks at “Reimagining Advocacy” Seminar
Joe Bodiford, Adjunct Professor of Law at the Stetson University College of Law, presented a talk entitled “Trial by Text” in November 9, 2019. The talk was a part of Stetson’s “Reimagining Advocacy” Conference. This presentation discussed the habits and data
Joe Bodiford is WCTV’s legal analyst for the Markel murder trial
Markel Murder Trial The Markel Murder Trial is underway. Tallahassee Criminal defense attorney Joe Bodiford will be the legal analyst for WCTV in Tallahassee. Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua are on trial for the 2014 murder of FSU College of Law
Leon County Jury Duty
Leon County Jury Duty Leon county Jury Duty can be rewarding. But jury duty can be a daunting unless you know what to expect during your time waiting. This is an exact reprint of the article “How to survive jury duty without
Jack Campbell suspends marijuana prosecutions
Campbell suspends marijuana prosecutions Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell has suspended prosecutions for marijuana (cannabis) cases until further notice. In a letter to "Law Enforcement Partners", signed by "Your friend" Jack Campbell, the prosecutor has decided that because legal
Old Florida Supreme Court courtroom
Florida Supreme Court Florida Supreme Court (old courtroom), taken by Joe Bodiford, August 2017 From Wikipedia: The Florida Supreme Court is the highest court in the U.S. state of Florida. It consists of seven members—the chief justice and six justices. Five members are chosen from five districts around the
If we want to fix our criminal justice system, first we must overcome our fear – Standard-Examiner
Clients, here’s how prosecutors view your case
This article will help clients understand what I deal with when working with prosecutors. Stress and fear usually envelop anyone charged with having committed a crime. The frantic search for hope in a dire situation often drives how someone new to
You never know how your private personal information is being (mis)used
A TBO (click the photo for a link) article that shines a light on what those of us in the system already knew goes on. Sometimes, those with access will pull your information for non-official reasons. Maybe just out of
Tallahassee Bar spotlights who…? Oh, yeah – me!
Thank you, Tallahassee Bar for the kind recognition in the September 2016 Bar Bulletin. I was honored to have been asked to present a CLE seminar on cross examination in August. It's a pleasure to be a part of such a
Calmly comply and clam up: what to do when confronted by police
Everyone has the right to remain silent. What many lack is the ability to remain silent. These are the do's and dont's of dealing with an encounter with law enforcement. Follow them and you'll survive the encounter, and position yourself to fight a case later. The
The longest day of your life: deciding whether to enter a plea
Take a look at this article: Man gets 40 years in jail after rejecting plea deal that would have freed him immediately. Look at this man