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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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Tuesday
Apr192016

Editorial - My New Friend. I Swear We are Brothers.  

An incredible Day 2 teaching trial advocacy to Ugandan lawyers in Gulu. One of my colleagues, Jude Ogik, is an extraordinary Ugandan lawyer and teacher. He was just assigned 21 death penalty cases in the High Court. Contemplate the pressure and the capability it takes to do this. It's amazing.  Frankly the work that he did with former child soldiers with the LRA is nothing short of mindblowing.

I'm learning more than any of the students here and I'm one of the teachers. Incredible.

Thursday
Mar242016

The Ed Schultz Show- Wednesday, March 23rd - Jack Talks ISIS Terrorism Plot

Wednesday
Dec022015

[Russian Television International] December 1st - Jack Talks ISIL and U.S. Efforts

Thursday
Oct082015

Editorial - Getting Ready to Go to South Sudan

Well, here we go. So what is the point of life? To me, it is about doing good work and trying to leave this place a little better than when you started if you can. But in end, it is all about the journey. Up next, Ethiopia and South Sudan

Monday
Nov242014

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

Tuesday
Nov112014

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

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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.

Saturday
Nov082014

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

Saturday
Oct182014

[The Jack Rice Show] Jack Talks with BBC War Correspondent Mark Urban about Why the U.S. Likes Dictators

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 Mark Urban, the Diplomatic and Defence Editor of 'Newsnight BBC' joins to discuss the Middle East, we're still fighting in Afghanistan, still have troops stationed in Iraq, an ongoing civil war in Syria, still unrest in Egypt and a whole lot more...what does all this mean to the US and its European allies? What does the future hold for the region? Should we walk away or by doing that are we risking more terrorism across the world?

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with Mark Urban.

 

Monday
Oct062014

[Rice Law Office, P.A.] October 3rd: Not Guilty in Minneapolis

When the verdict came down in Minneapolis, my client's extended family jumped up and screamed and cried.  Not Guilty! The Judge wasn't happy but I didn't care.  They had the right to be pleased.  My client was looking at a 60 month mandatory commit to prison for possession of a handgun.  And because of prior contacts with the police, this was a mandatory mandatory minimum sentence, sort of like double secret probation. Thankfully, I was able to cross the police officer about his report and his testimony during the direct.  Apparently, and thankfully, the jury didn't believe what the police officer said.  

What a great victory for my client.  I'm absolutely thrilled.

 

Sunday
Apr132014

[Rice Law Office, P.A.] One the Weirdest Trials Ever ... And the State Dismisses!

Seriously, one of the stranger trials I have ever experienced.  It is a weird thing that I do for a living to begin with.  As a criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer, much of what happens is completely unknown until it all begins. In trial, you never really know what is going to happen. This case was certainly no different.

My client is charged with an Felony Assault 2.  This charge essentially means that the government thinks that my client attacked somebody with a box cutter.  If he goes down, he will go to prison for years.  The State also claims that they have a victim and anywhere between 3 and 7 eyewitnesses.  We will see.   My client says he didn't do it so we simply decide to make the State prove their case.  And we want a jury trial.  

Here is where it gets weird.  Or should I say weirder.

We start by picking a jury.  Always 12 people plus an alternate in felony cases.  The State gets 3 strikes while I get 5.  This means that we look at the jury pool and the State gets to exclude 3 while we  get 5.  To tell you the truth, what the prosecutor is trying to do is get a jury that will convict while I'm looking for one that lets my client walk.  I should add that this is far more art than science.  People make decisions for a lot of reasons and trying to get people to be honest about how they make those decisions is sometimes not too easy.  In the same way, people will regularly hide who they are for a bunch of reasons.  Sometimes, they are trying to impress and sometimes they are trying to hide things.  For instance, the racist will never say so  just like the person who things the government is always right even when they aren't.  Just wild. Like I said, more art than science.  

So, we get through jury selection and through opening statements.  Of course, the State lays out all of these allegations like they are already proven.  However, I learned a long time ago that the State's case is freqeuntly at its best when they write the complaint.  Getting all of that information before a jury without massive things happening in the meantime is so commonplace that it is almost laughable.

The State to come out of the shoot with their star witness, their supposed victim.  To put it lightly, it was crazy.  He identifies my client on the record for the prosecutor but the jury hates him and doubts him.  He is arrogant and condescending.  I don't like him either so when it is my turn, I tear into this guy with a gusto. Eventually, the witness just blows apart under my cross.  He starts to get more and more angry to the point that it feels like he is going to jump out of the box and come at me, the prosecutor or anybody else in range. Finally, he starts yelling at me that he never saw my guy.  He has no idea what happened and who attacked him.  He actually flips his testimony on the stand.  I have to take a double take to make sure I hear what I think I hear.  So does the State.  The State tries to fix their witness during redirect but to no avail.

Then, strangely, the State doesn't seem to have any of those other witnesses.  All seem to have disappeared. Interesting.  So, as a result, they have absolutely no positive identification of my client.  The State has nobody to stand up and point at my guy and say, "Yup, that was him."  Nobody.  And the State knows it.

To the prosecutor's credit, rather than continue forward with this train wreck of a case, we approach the Judge and the prosecutor dismisses the case outright.  There is nothing he can do.   The case is over.

My client looks at me and smiles.  I shake his hand and he walks out of the courtroom.  I sit back down at the counsel table and look down at the table.  I'm shocked but maybe not totally surprised.  Trials are strange and you have to do a lot of them before you realize that relaxing and letting them play out is sometimes the only thing that you can do.  

So, I pack up my case, walk out the door and know that I will take this experience with me the next time that I am in this very same place.