My Philosophy and Favorite Quotes:


"It has been my duty to protect society from those who have caused harm.
However, I have found my greatest gratification from helping exonerate those who have been wrongfully accused."
Joe Slemko, Jan 19, 2011
State of Michigan v. Reginald Burks


"One of the ethical obligations of a true professional is to reject easy answers and conventional wisdom and persistently pursue the truth"
"Character and Cops"
Edwin Delattre

"The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them"
Lois McMaster Bujold

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.  Insensibly, one begins to twist the facts to suit the theories,  instead of the theories to suit the facts."
Sherlock Holmes
"A Scandal in Bohemia"

"Tunnel Vision" - "A single-minded and overly narrow focus on a particular investigative or prosecutorial theory, so as to unreasonably color the evaluation of information received and one's conduct in response to that information."
Mr. Justice Fred Kaufman
1998 Report on the Commission on Proceedings
Involving Guy Paul Morin (wrongful conviction)

"If, in your analysis, you do not consider reasonable alternative explanations of an event, then what you are doing is not science."
Dr. Ed Blake
Forensic Serologist


"We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.  Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield."
George Orwell (1946)

A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.

Stephen Mitchell’s modern translation of the Tao Te Ching, in homage to Lao Tzu  (ca. 500 B.C.)


If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep.
If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath: a wolf.
If you have a capacity for violence and a deep love for your fellow citizens, then you are a sheepdog, a warrior and someone who is walking the hero’s path.

Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Grossman, the author of "On Combat" and a former U.S. Army Ranger.