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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 […]

Revenge Porn Laws in Texas

Revenge Porn Laws in Texas – by Brett Podolsky – A troubling trend has been occurring in recent years as more and more people have gained easy access to the Internet and video recording devices. The phenomenon of “revenge porn” has become so serious that laws have recently been passed in Texas to deal with […]

Shifting Burdens of Proof in a Motion to Suppress

By Kyle Therrian Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC www.rosenthalwadas.com The allocation of burdens in a motion to suppress hearing is a “Choose Your Own Adventure.” Unlike in trial, where we simply add up proof in a linear fashion, a motion to suppress in Texas courts has burdens which are raised, lowered, and/or shifted back and forth […]

A Lawyers’ Understanding of Parole Rules Helps End Hotly Contested Case

By Russ Hunt You can visit Mr. Hunt’s web page here. Congratulations to my father Russ Hunt Sr‘s law partner Michelle Tuegel on a fantastic outcome to a hotly contested case in Waco.  Michelle, along with Walter “Skip” Reaves and Mark Dyer were able to reach a deal in the retrial of a 28-year old arson case because of their superior understanding of […]

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 […]

A Little Death Penalty Math

Well, we had two executions last night, one of which was of a man who many believe was innocent.  Not the first time we’ve seen that.  Won’t be the last.  So long as we impose the ultimate punishment, there will be the risk of a mistake.  An innocent person dies. But then what?  If this […]

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]