About Jack

Jack is really a storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, 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 as much as he himself is captivated. 

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I will appear on Russian TV International on September 5th at 6 pm e.s.t  A recent story in the Washington Post is being felt around the world. According to the Post, U.S. Intelligence is stepping into the investigation of hacking of political campaigns and they are focusing on Russia.  The Russians certainly have expertise in this area and they seem to have been involved in such campaigns in Ukraine and Georgia in the last few years. The idea that they are working in the U.S. is frankly not farfetched at all.

It is going to be interesting to have a long conversation about this issue on Russian TV International out of Moscow.  In fact, this is going to be a lot of fun.  Hope you can watch.


Archive - Editorial: MN Wants You to Drink and Drive.  Really!

Jenny was being responsible.  She was at a bar here in the Twin Cities and she had too much to drink.  She could tell.  She knew it.  Unfortunately, she had nobody to call to come pick her up and had no money to call a cab.  Knowing that she was in no condition to drive, Jenny decided that her only option was to climb into the backseat of her car, throw her keys in her purse at her feet and sleep it off.  Big mistake.  She  should have jumped in the driver’s seat and tried to make it home.  At least, that is what the State of Minnesota thinks.  Seriously. 

In Minnesota courtrooms, it is called physical control.   In other words, if somebody is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and in physical control of a car, they will be arrested for DWI.  And physical control doesn’t mean driving down the street with a car.  It can mean somebody like Jenny sleeping in the backseat of her car with the car keys in her purse on the floor.  This would have been true even if her car were up on blocks.  Or didn’t have an engine.  It is crazy but true.  

Look, DWIs are a serious problem in Minnesota and across the country.  As a result, the legislature has become more and more aggressive at finding and prosecuting drunk drivers.  They lowered the acceptable blood alcohol level, they increased the sentencing, they added a felony charge, and they put more cops on the streets.  

Minnesota laws are designed to arrest as many people for DWI as possible.  In a way, that makes complete sense.  Drunks have killed and injured a lot of people.  We all know that.  However, what happens when the law actually motivates somebody to drive under the influence of alcohol rather than face almost certain arrest?  Which takes us back to Jenny.

Within a matter of minutes Jenny heard a tap on the window.  She woke up and looked into a flashlight.  It was a police officer.  She was subsequently arrested for DWI even though she explained that she had absolutely no intention of getting behind the wheel of a car. 

As part of Minnesota’s aggressive approach to DWIs, police officers frequently wait around bars looking for people driving drunk.  However, they also look for people sitting in cars, going nowhere, doing nothing.  Sleeping.  Because, that is the same thing.  That is drunk driving.

So, the chance of Jenny getting caught sleeping in a bar parking lot was almost 100% whereas if she jumped into the driver’s seat, put her keys into the ignition and took her chances, she might have made it home.  

Minnesota rightly should focus on getting as many drunks off of the road as possible.  However, what Minnesota should not do is have laws on the books that actually encourage people under the influence to get behind the wheel and get out on our streets.  The DWI physical control law does exactly that.

Does that make any sense?


Jack & Ugandan Lawyers in Gulu, Uganda

What an extraordinary groups of lawyers I had the privilege to work with in Gulu, Uganda earlier in 2016. Teaching trial advocacy is a passion and the privilege to travel the world and work with amazing people is really a dream come true. I spent an enormous amount of time with these advocates and I think, in the end, they probably taught me more than I taught them.  Just incredible!


[WCCO Radio] September 1st: Jack Talks Law and Weird Legal Cases Around the Country.

Very excited to appear on WCCO Radio in Minneapolis with my friend Jordana Green.  I am going to delve into some of the wierder legal cases that are taking place around the country.  We are going to talk about Georgetown University's decision to provide compensation of sorts for the sale of slaves back in the 1830s.  We will also look at how the victims in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting may actually have to pay the movie theater, to the tune of $700,000.

This will be fun.  Hope you can listen.


[Russian TV International] August 25th: Jack Talks Terrorist Attacks on American University in Kabul

I appear on Russian Television International on August 25th to discuss the recent attack on the American University in Kabul.  This school was a special project pushed by Laura Bush and the only liberal arts college in Afghanistan.  Reports have confirmed small arms fiire and bombings.  Apparently, the number of dead is growing.  I will discuss Afghanistan's tortured history.

Hope you can listen.


Reckoning with Torture Documentary Trailer I Appeared in Some Years Ago


[NBC News] August 18th: Jack Talks International Law and U.S. Olympians Charged in Rio

I appear on NBC Affiliate Kare 11 with Lauren Leamanczyk on August 18th to talk about the recent Brazilian indictments of U.S. Olympians Ryan Lochte and James Feigen.  We will talk about the possible charges and about the extradition treaty between the United States and Brazil.    


[Russian TV International] July 24th: Jack Talks Terrorism and Bavaria Attack.

Interview starts at 54:00.  This interview is one of the longest and most thorough interviews I have done in some time.  It lasts for almost 20 minutes and we cover a lot of ground.  We talk, terrorism, strategy, shfting political movements in Europe and how it is playing in the states including during the presidential elections.  


[Archive] Jack Reporting from Afghanistan in 2009.


[Russian Television International, July 22nd: Jack Talks Possible Terrorism and Munich Attack

I appear on Russian TV International on Friday, July 22nd.  Another attack. This time, allegedly three individuals were involved in an attack on a shopping mall in Munich, Germany.  While information is coming in, it is reported that at least 6 are dead.  This comes on the heals of another attack in Germany by a young man from Afganistan who claimed to be motivated by ISIL.

I will apear and talk about this continuing paradigm shift and what this will mean as well as the possible political ramifications coming out of Europe as a result.  Hope you can watch. 

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