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TCDLA Blog Editor

TCDLA Blog Editor has written 38 posts for Voice for the Defense Blog

Lessons from the John Wiley Price Trial

 – by Chrysta Castañeda I recently observed the John Wiley Price public corruption trial as a commentator for Fox 4 News.  Price, a longtime Dallas County Commissioner, was charged with public corruption, mail fraud and tax fraud. After an eight-week trial and eight days of deliberation, he was acquitted on the public corruption and mail […]

Texas Court Finds No Expectation of Privacy in Cell Phone Records, Location Data

By: John Floyd On April 12, 2017, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that Article I, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution does not provide broader privacy rights than the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The case involves G. Jerard Hankston who was convicted of the murder of a man that had been […]

Texas Courts Structure and Statistics…

The existing Texas court system was established by an amendment to the state Constitution in 1891.  Below is a description of the basic hierarchical structure of the court system. Supreme Court: The Texas Supreme Court is the highest state appellate court for civil cases. The Supreme Court is made up of nine judges, referred to […]

An Arrest Warrant Is Not Enough When Searching A Third-Party’s Home –

By: Monroe Solomon III – The Fourth Amendment provides that entry into a home to conduct a search or an arrest is per se unreasonable unless done pursuant to a warrant.[1] Warrants are a necessary safeguard between the citizens and overzealous police officers. An officer must first procure a warrant from a neutral and detached […]

Forensic Science Testimony: What most influences jurors?

Posted by Douglas Keene – We all want our expert witnesses to be influential with jurors. But when you have an expert testifying about forensic science (like fingerprint or DNA identification) what part of the testimony is going to influence jurors the most? Will it be the science? The technology used by the witness to […]

This and that: Heat, attraction, smoking pot, smartphones, tattoos and stature

-Written By Rita Handrich- It’s time again for a combination post of things that didn’t make the cut for a full post but that we thought interesting (or odd) enough to want to share with you. We hope you enjoy this latest collection of factoids that will make you memorable when (and if) you re-share […]

Why?

  – By Tillet J Mills II Why wake up every day as a criminal defense attorney? Why give your life’s passion, effort, and due diligence to a field that has such a high rate of burnout, substance abuse, and turnover? Why continue to work for clients that might disrespect you, underappreciate you, and try […]

Online Gambling Laws: How Texas Prosecutes

Written by Matthew Sharp – Online gambling is growing in popularity at a fast pace. Many people have encountered advertisements online for online casinos or online poker. While some of these games may seem like nothing more than harmless fun, the truth is that they are illegal under most circumstances. Engaging in online gambling may […]

Federal Judge Tosses Stingray, Cell Phone Tracking, Evidence Out of Court

Written by: John Floyd Police love them. They are called Stingrays—surveillance devices that can deceive a criminal suspect’s cell phone into revealing its location. The ACLU has combined a list of 66 law enforcement agencies in 24 states and the District of Columbia that possess stingray devices. Stingrays Trick Cells Phones into Revealing Location According […]

Offenses Using Imitation Weapons Increase in Texas

Texas is seeing a spike in crimes committed with imitation weapons, partly because offenders believe they will receive a lesser sentence if they are caught. It’s a perception that’s false in Texas. If the victim of a crime believes the weapon that’s pointed at them is real it’s sufficient to warrant a first-degree felony charge […]