I have been here for several days now and here is what I can report:
1. I'm here attending an National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers workshop that is focused on "Difficult Cases" and false confessions. I came because I have some Difficult Cases that might go to trial this summer. I saw some amazing attorneys give lectures about their work including Kobe Bryant's criminal defense attorney and a bunch of other heavy hitters from all over the country.
2. I keep learning more and more about the Reid Technique. It is an interrogation methodology that just about every law enforcement officer in the country uses to coax/coerce/browbeat/strongarm people into confessions. Did you know that out of the 230 plus people who have been exonerated through DNA testing, fully 25% of them CONFESSED to the crime they did not commit? One of the lecturers played a video of an innocent man being coerced into adopting his interrogators version of events and IT. WAS. CHILLING. It took the cops less than an hour to get the guy to say he did it when he did not.
3. SEND LOTION AND CHAPSTICK. It is really dry and my cotton clothing feels like sand paper and I have a weird red blotch on my face.
4. I saw a nice Max Weber portrait for sale at a fancy art gallery here and it was only $75,000.
5. There's a reasonably decent aging punk rocker bar near my hotel called the Matador which, it turns out, is owned by friends of friends from D.C..
6. I tried to go to this spa/soaking pool place that everyone raves about. No thanks. It was very quiet and people wore kimonos but clothing was optional except there were boys there. And weird college aged girls in bikinis with nervous laughter. It was not for me. I hitched a ride back to town with a woman who said she was a shaman. Okay. The people at the front desk were nice and did not charge me because I had my "I am not a hippie and I am so out of here" look on my face.
7. Tomorrow I'm going to rent a mountain bike and go hiking and stuff.