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] Preparing for Southeast Asia

Life is strange. We all struggle to find meaning and a justification for continuing. For some, it is truly about survival. For others lucky enough, including me, it is about self actualization. Why are we here? What is this all about? What the hell are we doing? Why do we continue? I have heard this from people all over the world.  In fact, these are all universal questions that most of us struggle with throughout our lives and I am certainly not immune to these myself.

I leave for Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and beyond in the coming days. While it has been in the back of my mind for sometime now, I had far too much going on on a daily basis to contemplate what it meant too deeply.  In fact, I've tried to ignore it.  Hell, I bought the tickets months ago but life has driven it into the corners of my mind because of my limited capacity to handle it.  Men, or at least me, don't generally multitask that well. Rather, we hit, kill, and eat the thing in front of us and then move onto the next thing that we hit, kill and eat.  Ugh. Jack hungry. Where's my club. Well, you get the picture.  

But this trip is different.  For me, life has spun to a place that I finally needed to stop, just stop for a moment. And this trip is finally about slowing down and just sitting in the dirt and drawing pictures, building imaginary racetracks and using the rocks I find as racecars to imagine how I would handle the track.  It is about sitting across from a group of monks and just laughing.  Its about eating food I don't recognize and tasting things that aren't familar on my tongue. Its about listening. Talking.  Another tattoo.

So, I hope you will join me on this little journey.  It will include video, mostly from my I-Phone, audio, still photos and a lot of writing.  Not too sure if it will be more introspective or not.  In fact, I'm hoping that it will cover a broad spectrum, from introspective, to funny, to ridiculous.  

In the end, I hope that you will hold my hand and follow me down the rabbit hole.  Be my partner and know that we will come out the other side.  I hope to come out with a little more clarity and understanding of some of those questions of life.  If not, the food, the people, the experience is gonna be kick ass.  

But know this, this is gonna be different.  And consider, as I hum along and you see the tears run down my cheeks,  I will feel nothing but glee.   If we flop, it will still be my greatest success. 


[The Jack Rice Show] Jack Interviews Al Jazeera's Josh Rushing about the Dark Side of the Oil Business

Josh Rushing, award-winning broadcast journalist who co-hosts of Fault Lines, joins Jack Rice for a discussion on the upcoming episode of Fault Lines titled “Death on the Bakken Shale” which takes a look at the oil boom currently happening in North Dakota and its working environment which has led to 40 deaths in 4 years. 

Click here to listen to Jack's Interview with Josh Rushing


[The Jack Rice Show] Archive - Representing Terrorists From Gitmo 

Representing the worst of the worst.  Its is question I get asked all of the time.  How can you represent those people?  Doesn't it bother you?  Aren't you just part of the problem?   These are questions I have thought about many times and sometimes under very extreme conditions.

I broadcast a live show from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba back in 2009 for Air America radio where I address the very issue of potentially representing Khalid Sheik Mohammed, known as Mukhtar, the Brain.  He is allegedly the mastermind behind all of the 9/11 attacks. 

So, would I represent him if asked?

Click here to listen to this podcast.


[The Jack Rice Show] Archive: Working in Darfur.


[The Jack Rice Show] Archive: Justice Collapses in Haiti


[The Jack Rice Show] Sunday, November 16th: Jack Talks Ebola with ARC President Daniel Wordsworth and Response Manager Wynfred Russell

Click Here to Listen to ARC President Daniel Wordsworth and ARC Ebola Response Manager Wynfred Russell

We have all been watching with growing concern and sadness about the spread of the ebola virus across parts of West Africa including Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.  The U.S. is responding by building 18 additional Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia and has asked the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to help.  They expect to be working in a place called Fish Town, see the map below.

ARC President Daniel Wordsworth and ARC Ebola Response Manager Wynfred Russell will join me on Sunday, November 16th to discuss how one contains and treats an ebola outbreak and the challenging of doing it in a place like Liberia.

The American Refugee Committee is a humanitarian aid agency that works to help people take back control of their lives.  The partnerships they form with our constituents provide essential services and economic opportunities to people who have lost everything due to conflict and disaster.  Each year, ARC works with nearly 2.5 million people in Africa and Asia.

Click Here to Listen to ARC President Daniel Wordsworth and ARC Ebola Response Manager Wynfred Russell


[The Jack Rice Show] November 16th: Jack Talks with a Polish Underground Commando Who Fought the Nazis. 

Click here to listen to Jack's Interview with Polish Underground Commando Julian Kulski Who Fought the Nazis.


This is an extraordinary story.  In his book, The Color of Courage, Julian Kulski describes a day-by-day eyewitness account under the brutal Nazi German occupation of Poland. Julian is a 10-year-old Boy Scout when the Germans invade his native Poland to start World War II. At an age when most boys are still playing with toys, Julian begins his own private war against the Germans with small acts of sabotage. At 12, he is recruited into the clandestine Underground Army by his Scoutmaster, and begins training on weapons and military tactics.

By 14, he is holding up German soldiers at gunpoint, has gone on a secret mission into the Warsaw Ghetto to liaise with Jewish resistance leaders, is captured by the Gestapo, beaten and interrogated, sentenced to Auschwitz, rescued, and joins a Commando unit of the Underground Army. At 15, he fights in the Warsaw Uprising, ending the war as a German POW.

This is truly an amazing story and one of those rare opportunities to hear from of the few surviving people who were there, on the ground, fighting the fight.  Just crazy.


Listen to Jack's Interview with Polish Underground Commando Julian Kulski Who Fought the Nazis.


[The Jack Rice Show] Archive: Journalism and Why I Do What I do in Darfur


[The Jack Rice Show] November 11th: Jack Interviews U.S. Army Recon Sniper Ryan Schmidt

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with Ryan Schmidt.

Ryan Schmidt is the real deal.  Imposing figure?  Hell yes.  But he is far more than that.  Ryan is a retired Sergeant and U.S. Army recon sniper. He served in Afghanistan (2004-2005) and Iraq (2006-2007), and experienced combat injuries, being medivaced out of both countries. Ryan has physical injuries, as well as chronic and severe PTSD. Ryan also served as a Corrections Officer for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department.


 His struggles with PTSD lead him to a life of violent crimes and the outlaw biker world. Ryan is currently the founder of Consummate Warrior LLC. He is a consultant on Veteran’s Mental Health issues, a WRAP facilitator, Peer Support Specialist, Veteran Scholar and Fellow with Minnesota Humanities Center. He is a public speaker and advocate for Veteran’s issues relating to mental health and the criminal justice system.

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with Ryan Schmidt.


[The Jack Rice Show] Archive - Jack on the Cover of Talkers Magazine in Afghanistan