Gerald L. Shargel, a partner at Winston & Strawn, has handled numerous high-profile cases at both the trial and appellate level. He also teaches criminal law at Brooklyn Law School.

Sex-crimes cases are tough to prove. Defense attorney Gerald L. Shargel on how the charges against DSK unraveled—and the terrible toll they took.

News that the Arizona shooter researched past assassins puts his ability to press an insanity defense at risk. Gerald L. Shargel on why he may yet prove delusional—and our need for closure.

Legendary public defender Judy Clarke’s roster of reviled clients includes baby killer Susan Smith and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, but Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner presents a formidable challenge. Gerald Shargel on her possible strategies, from the insanity defense to disqualifying all Arizona federal judges and prosecutors from the case.

Not content with flip-flopping on where to try terrorists, the attorney general now wants to change how the feds question them. Gerald L. Shargel on the dangers of messing with a suspect’s rights.