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Juries Cannot Review the Internet During Trial

By – Thomas J. Crane Our judicial system requires juries to review only evidence produced at trial. That is the system we have had since before 1776. A juror who brings in a medical dictionary to better understand medical testimony would violate the oath they take as jurors. The theory is that a jury should review only […]

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 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 […]

Quick-and-Dirty Phlebotomy Basics

By Stephen Gustitis Gustitis-Law Home Page You can read the original blog here. The DWI blood test case is becoming the stock-in-trade of many law enforcement agencies across the state. Whether it’s a sample provided voluntarily after arrest, or obtained via search warrant following a refusal, defending blood tests are now commonplace for the DWI defense attorney. […]

How Can you Defend the Guilty?

By Bobby Mims Visit his web page here In the American system of justice every person is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof is on the government. It is the job of the policeman and the prosecutor to present the evidence to a jury to obtain […]

Another Bad Texas Statute

By Mark Bennett Originally Posted June 12, 2014 You can read his original blog post here. I had filed a pretrial writ of habeas corpus challenging Texas’s Online Impersonation statute on First Amendment grounds. The prosecutor agreed with me off the record, dismissed the case, and instead filed a (less serious) Fraudulent Use of Identifying […]