20 | Fear and Loathing in South Texas: If Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Got a DWI in Texas in 2015 - By Mark Thiessen and Rick Oliver
30 | The Right to a Speedy Trial: Punishing the System for Making Us Wait - Article & Motion by Joseph Hoelscher II
37 | The Case of Seduction - By Judge Wayne Patrick Priest
The sweet acrid smell of a freshly lit cigarette danced inside his nostrils, seeping into his unconscious brain, waking him. His eyelids twitched and tremored, but did not open. It was an auto somatic response; like a mother drawn to her crying babe. Not something sought out. It was more a keening allure; an impulse impossible to ignore. Vices. Lovely reliable vices.
The right to a speedy trial is a constitutionally guaranteed right that is so accepted and recognized that many courts easily force or grant dismissals in cases almost automatically under certain circumstances. For example, in Bexar County there is a tradition that a second State’s continuance will automatically be denied.
The first case I ever handled in which a stranger actually paid me money to represent him was a criminal case in which the charge against the client was seduction.
No, it was not 1668, it was 1968. Seduction was an offense in the state of Texas until 1973, when we adopted what I still think of as the “new” penal code.
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