About Jack

Jack is a criminal defense attorney, former CIA officer, journalist and storyteller.  As a lawyer, Jack practices exclusively in the areas of criminal defense and DWI/DUI defense.  He is unique across the entire state of Minnesota and the U.S. as the only criminal defense attorney who is also a former Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as a former prosecuting attorney. Jack's extensive experience, aggressiveness and passion speak for themselves and he is most proud of his reputation as a fighter for the rights of his clients. He has a national reputation and can be seen frequently on MSNBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, and other networks across the country.  He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.



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[The Jack Rice Show] Jack Interviews the Parents of a Boy Killed in St Paul Mudslide about Building a School in Africa

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Lancine and Madosu Fofana received the phone call that is every parent's nightmare.  There was an accident and their son Mohamed was missing.  

On May 22, 2013, two fourth grade classes from Peter Hobert Elementary School in St. Louis Park took a field trip to Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul.  As the children searched for fossils, the earth gave way burying the group in four feet of mud, sand and rocks on a Mississippi River bluff.  Two were killed, including Mohamed Fofana.    

While many people would have just given up and quit, the Fofanas were determined to do something in his memory.  They decided to fulfill their son's life wish to build a school for poor kids in West Africa.  

If you would like to contribute to the building of this new school in Siguiri, Guinea, go to Barnraisings.com.  

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[MSNBC] Tuesday, May 20th - Jack Talk U.S. Release of Bin Laden Docs

I appear on MSNC on May 20th at 6:00 p.m. eastern time to discuss the release of a bunch fo documents recovered during the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. It is interesting as it highlights how much he and the organization knew but also about how their desires were, and were not, being carried out around the rest of the world. 

I think that this is going to be a really interesting conversation. Hope you can join me.


[Russian TV - Moscow] Thursday, May 13th - Jack Talks the U.S. Drug War Failure in Afghanistan

I appear on Russian TV Moscow on May 13th to talk about the U.S. and Western policies to eradicate opium in Afghanistan. The Americans claimed that this was one of their major efforts and this has been a cataclysmic failure.  Poppy cultivation and opium production is still the major industry in the country.  So why did the Americans failure so dismally?  What are the ramifications of this failure?

This should be a really interesting conversation.  I hope that you can catch it.


[The Jack Rice Show] Wednesday, May 13th, Jack Talks Equal Rights for Woman

MN Equal Right Amendment appears before the MN Senate tomorrow for the first time since 1973. I will be doing morning drive on Am 950 tomorrow morning from 6-8 a.m. and this is one of the issues I will focus upon. Is it necessary? Required? Pointless? I'll have experts and your calls. Join me. 952-946-6205


[Rice Law Office, P.A.] Editorial - Rape Case Dismissal Comes with a Price Tag

We stand just outside of a courtroom in the hallway of a courthouse somewhere in the Midwest.  We are silent for a few seconds as he just looks at me, bewildered.  And then with speed and intensity that surprises me, he just throws himself at me.  He throws his arms around my neck and just . . . weeps.  Not silent tears like you get in a movie theater.  I mean the kind of weeping you get when you really really mean it.  His voice breaks and he keeps repeating unintelligible things into my chest as the tears continue to fall and his whole body just convulses.  

I immediately look down the hall, noticing that it is packed with people who all immediately stop doing whatever it is they are doing and look at us.  I try to imagine what these people see or think.  Two big guys in an embrace outside of a courtroom.  Me, in my typical black suit looking as always the stereotypical criminal defense attorney. Whatever. They don't see the tattoos, scars or just plain mileage.  My client, a button down shirt and pants barely large enough to cover his obvious size and strength, and yet, falling to pieces, vulnerable. And what I do next is the only thing I can imagine.  I throw my arms around this man, my client and pull him in. Put my hand on the back of his head and just squeeze.  I don't give a shit what these people think.  

How we got to this place is still an odyssey that I'm trying to figure out.  I received a call from another attorney who'd received a call from this man's family about this very difficult rape case.  For some reason, the attorney couldn't or wouldn't take it but referred it to me. I was on vacation in California when the call came through. As I listented to the facts and allegations on my phone, I looked around at my family jumping around the car.  What a weird juxtaposition that was. They laugh and jump as I listen to the facts and quickly try to organize my thoughts. 

Upon my return to Minnesota, I have the family come into the office to talk.  We talk about this nightmare and what they, no, what we can do about it.  And from the beginning, things just don't add up. There is just something here that doesn't make sense. Just doesn't seem to fit.

They know each other. They are out drinking with a bunch of other people. They end up in an apartment together with those same people. They clearly have sexual contact. But, that's when the stories diverge. Further, this woman's statements and claims strike me as not only inconsistent with statements given by others but also inconsistent with other statements she herself gives.  After all, facts are facts and some things just don't change.

Over the next year, we are in and out of court a half a dozen times and the ramifications of him being convicted just seem to get worse and worse.  He is looking at years and years in prison.  It might as well be forever from his perspetive. It isn't just the prison or the fact that his family will be destitute. There is something else too, the sexual predator registration requirement for anybody convicted of anything rolling out of a criminal sexual conduct conviction.  This will dog him for the rest of his life and he knows it and so does his family.  

Throughout the year, one interesting thing does stay consistent however. My client stands by his story.  I didn't rape her.  I didn't!

As the fight continues, the pressure to win increases along the way.  When I was a prosecutor years ago, you fight for the amorphous "state."  As a defense attorney, you are in the trenches and are surrounded by your people, those accused and the families and children who wave goodbye to their fathers and mothers, sisters, brothers, etc. who go to prison if you lose.  So, it becomes very very personal, or at least it does for me.

On the day of trial, I'm ready.  I've lived with this case for so long.  I've tried to contemplate every angle. I know every objective fact and every subjectve statement. I know what kind of jurrors I want. I know the world that I want to build for them in opening statements. I know how I want them to feel. And now it is the time.

The jury has been brought up and we are ready to go.  I've tried a lot of cases but this one feels a lot more personal to me.  And with all of the time that I have spent, there is still something about the claims made, the statements given, and just my belief in the human experience, that tells me that there is still something wrong here, that this just did not happen.

We end up in the Judge's chambers. Me, the prosecutor and the judge. Damn, when did I get so old?  I'm older than both of these people. Shit.  

And then the prosecutor drops her bomb.  She has witness issues.  Oh boy.  It changes everything.  As a former prosecutor, I rememeber trying to convict people of crimes without the cooperation of the complaining witness, the victim,  It is damn near impossible.  And in a date rape case where it is a he said, she said circumstance, its insane. 

At this point the prosecutor knows she's lost, sort of.  She can't really move forward today but she always has the option to dismiss and then recharge.  They generally hate doing this but it has certainly happened to me and to others as well.  My concern in that the complaining witness/victim could always change her mind and we may likely be back in the position.

So, the offers from the prosecutor start coming.  Instead of the years and years in prison, we can amend the charges down to a lesser felony and no jail time.  This sounds great considering what my client faces but if you are innocent, it may not be enough.  Also, the charge would still require registration as a sex offender.  So, he's screwed for future jobs, current job, apartments or anything else of value.  My client says no.  Gutsy, I think!  

The prosecutor offers an even better deal, no jail and a gross misdemeanor.  However, the registration requirement continues.  Nope.  Aint gonna happen. Wow, I say under my breath.  

So I say, "let's try the case."  We get ready to stand up and pick a jury.  Hell, I'm ready anyway.  

Then the prosecutor takes it a step further. "I'll just dismiss and come back again and recharge."  Damn.  I don't want this because I know its possible.  So, I suggest something else.  How about a continuance for dismissal?  The advantages to this are that it is not an admission, it requires no registation, it is not a conviction and ultimately the case is completely dismissed. And, most importantly, it locks in the prosecutor into a deal so that they can't possibility recharge and prosecute my client again.  To my surprise, the prosecutor agrees.  

I sit with my client and lay out his options slowly and as clearly as a can.  He looks like he's getting every third word. I can't blame him.  If it were me, I'd probably be worse.  So, I do it again. And again until his head clears. He likes it and wants to take it despite his continued claims of innocence. Remember, he is admitting nothing.

As we go on the record in the courtroom and I lay out the deal for the court, I keep looking at my client.  He looks confused, stunned, angry, sad all combined.  As I finish putting everything on the record and he agrees, I grab my client and turn him and and push through the double doors into the hall where he stares at me. Where everybody seems to be staring. Right where I started this story.

Coming down the elevator, my client refuses to wipe the tears from his face.  Trust me, nobody would say a word about them regardless.  As we are about to separate, he throws himself at me one more time.  I whisper in his ear, "Go home.  Kiss your family."  The words catch in my throat.  Now its me shaking.

Walking to my car, I feel numb. I realize that I'm breathing hard and that my face is wet.  I can't seem to stop the tears this time. I stand there as people walk by and look away uncomfortably not wanting to see but watching despite it. I don't even care.  

This is the nature of doing a job like this. Its real life. Its really hard. Its visceral and if you are going to fight the fight, then you better be prepared for the costs, emotional or otherwise. So, I wipe my face, pick up my bag, and know that while what I do is not rocket science, and I'm not changing the world, I did one little thing for one person and his family on this day.

At least for right now, that has to be good enough for me. 


[The Jack Rice Show] Jack Interviews A Boy Fighting the Nazis

Listen to Jack's Interview with Julian Kulski.

This is one of the more extraordinary individuals I have interviewed in a very long time.  Julian Kulski's father was the Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, Poland on September 1, 1939.  And soon enough, after the Mayor is murdered, Julian's father becomes Mayor and Julian joined the Polish underground and started fighting against the Nazis.  This is absolutely unbelieivable.  You can read his biography in The Color of Courage.

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[The Jack Rice Show] Jack Interviews Ayman Oghanna in Istanbul, Turkey about ISIS

Listen to Jack's Interview with Ayman

Ayman Oghanna wrote an amazing piece entitled A Child Called Tragedy: Iraqi Identity in Crisis. for Al Jazeera. Ayman looks deep into the region and explains it in ways that I have rarely seen.  Check out the piece and listen to this really interesting journalist.

I enjoyed this conversation very much.  By the way, Ayman joins me from Istanbul and you can occasionally here his child playing in the background.  I love that.  

Listen to Jack's Interview with Ayman


[The Jack Rice Show] Jack Interviews the Extraordinary Ariane Kirtley

Listen to Jack's Interview with Ariane.

Ariane Kirtley is an extraordinary individual.  With a BA and Master's degrees from Yale, should could have done anything. Instead, she decided to do something else, something more. So she started Amman Imman.

Amman Imman: Water is Life empowers and preserves Africa's most vulnerable indigenous peoples by offering organic, sustainable development options and emphasizes the role of women as a guiding force for renewed hope, optimism and dignity.

Amman Imman also engages school children worldwide to become future leaders guided by compassion and philanthropy as they reach out to our African communities in friendship and solidarity.

Listen to Jack' Interview with Ariane


[The Jack Rice Show] A Recent Interview with Kare 11's Julie Nelson

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[The Jack Rice Show] Jack Interviews Former U.S Marine Eddie Wu Who Finds His Way Back

Jack interviews former Marine Eddie Wu. After serving in the Marine Corps and suffering damage to his back, Eddie has found post-military life difficult to adjust to.   This is an extraordinary story.

Eddie Wu grew up in So St Paul, MN.  He started working in restaurants washing dishes when he was 14 years old at Drover’s Inn in So St Paul.  From there he became a prep cook, a pantry cook, and a line cook.  After high school he joined the Marines for 5 years.  He got out of the Marines and went back to the service industry while attending college.  His Marine leadership and restaurant knowledge made it easy for him to transition to restaurant management.  He lived in Denver, CO of 6 years where he managed many different types of places from a food delivery service, a bar, a night club, to a corporate cafeteria.  In 2009 he moved back to St Paul to start his family.  Since he has been back in St Paul he did a 1 year apprenticeship at Sole Cafe in order to learn from the best Korean Chef in Minnesota.  He has taken his restaurant background and combined it with his love of Korean food to open up Cook St Paul.

This interview is about some of that.  But really, this interview is about how you come back after deciding that you don't think you can . . .

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