About Colin Nelson

Colin T. Nelson worked for 40 years as a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer in Minneapolis. He tried everything from speeding tickets to first degree murder. His writing about the courtroom and the legal system give the reader a "back door" view of what goes on, what's funny, and what's a good story. He has also traveled extensively and includes those locations in his mysteries. Some are set in Southeast Asia, Ecuador,Peru, and South Africa. Readers get a suspenseful tale while learning about new places on the planet. Colin is married, has two adult children, and plays the saxophone in various bands.

What’s It Like Living in Cuba?

It all started with one chicken.living in cuba

I visited Havana and met many local people.  They taught me what it’s like living in Cuba.  Of course, I met people in the usual tourist spots.  But I also talked to many others: musicians, artists, museum guides, factory workers, and drivers.  I’m certainly not an expert.  Here’s what I learned.


What’s the Cuban Embargo Like on the People?

Do you remember when the U.S. started the Cuban embargo?  Castro took power in 1959, promised free elections, then changed his mind.  He also leaned toward the Soviet Union for aid.  As a result, the U.S. established a commercial and travel embargo—that has remained ever since.

My wife and I traveled to Havana in January.  We met dozens …

What Legal Piece People Missed About Michael Cohen’s Testimony

michael cohenLike many of you, I listened to the media and the “experts” dissect Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress.  But I worked as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer for 40+ years so I saw a legal piece that people missed about his testimony.  In fact, other “experts” missed several pieces.

Of course, the big question was: did Michael …

Brutal Murderer, Daniel Marsh, Released Early?

Will Daniel Marsh, a convicted murderer in California, be released from prison?  He’s only served ten years.

At 15 he committed a brutal murder in Davis, California.  He stabbed to death a husband and wife.  Police didn’t solve the case for two years.  But Daniel Marsh began bragging of how he killed the two and got away with …