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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer and trial skills teacher aroud the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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Thursday
May242018

[I24 International News] May 24th: Trump's "Witch Hunt" Has 17 Indictments and 5 Convictions.  

Monday
May212018

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] May 20th: Trump Goes on the Offensive

I appear on Voice of America International Edition with Lori Lundin on May 20th.  The New York Times broke another story about an additional meeting that Donald Trump Jr. conducted with representatives from United Arab Emerites and Saudi Arabia as well as a private Israeli citizen and also Eric Prince, the founder of Blackwater and the brother of Secretary DeVos. The problem is the story continues to shift back and forth and is getting more and more complicated. At the same time, another story broke that the FBI may have had an informant inside the Trump campaign. As a result, Trump apparently lost it in the White House and is demanding action from the FBI claiming the FBI is corrupt and out to get him.  While he has the right to demand some action, there are limits although what those limits are.  

Had enough yet?  Well, I will appear just to try and keep people up to date. 

 

Sunday
May202018

With a Supreme Court Justice on Either Side of Me in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, I'm Good.

Now here is a crazy coincidence. Sitting with Chief Justice of the Georgian Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights, Justice Mindia Ugrekhelidze and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson in Tbilisi, Georgia. Just wild.

Sunday
May202018

[Republic of Georgia TV] May 17th: Media is Different and the Same Everywhere

Sunday
May202018

[Republican of Georgia TV] May 17th: Talking Rule of Law and the Courts

What an extraordinary day. The Republic of Georgia has only been an independent nation for less than 30 years and has had to overcome some truly extraordinary challenges.  After more than 70 years of domination by the Soviet Union, the Georgian people clearly decided to turn to the West for their legal model.  While their Consitution is somewhat similar to the American system, it also has its roots in the German system.  At the same time, their courts are clearly turning to the Americans and Brits.  Their latest development involves intorducing the jury system. 

While this conference included the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Senior Prosecutor in Georgia, a half dozen judges from Minnesota, and prosecutors and defense attorneys from Georgia, as well as yours truly, there were still as many questions as well as answers. However, regardless of whether there was lots of answers, sometimes the effort to try to find those answers is the most one can hope for. 

While I was surprised that the media appeared at the conference, I guess I shouldn't have. The people of Georgia are very interested in where their country is going and the media wouldn't be doing its job if they didn't push and probe and try to figure out what was going on. What really surprised me was how they came at me. That was interesting, challenging and pretty entertaining in many ways.  

Wednesday
May162018

Lecturing in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia about the American Legal System.

A very busy day of lecturing in Tbilisi Georgia, about the American legal system, the courts and juries. I swear, I know that I learn more from these people than I’m teaching them. What an experience and a privilege.

Tuesday
May152018

Meeting with the President of the Republic of Georgia Bar Association.

What an amazing conversation with David Asatiani, President of the Republic of Georgia Bar Association in Tbilisi. They are still finding their way but have done some truly extraordinary things in less than 30 years since Soviet rule. It is so easy to take things for granted and yet to watch the fight that people like David are making is nothing less than absolutely inspiring. I have a feeling we are going to do some good work together