Michael C. Gross

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Michael Gross, the 2nd Vice President of TCDLA, received his BA from Trinity University and his JD from St. Mary’s University. Michael’s professional activities include serving as Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992 and as editor of the Voice for the Defense. His court admissions include the Supreme Court of the United States, Supreme Court of the State of Texas, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western districts of Texas. He is board certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and board certified in criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Michael’s many honors include being named in the Best Lawyers in America (2005–2018); Best Lawyers’ San Antonio Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar “Lawyer of the Year” (2015, 2017); Texas Super Lawyers in Texas Monthly magazine (2004–2018); and a Top 50 Texas Super Lawyer in Central and West Texas Region (2010–2012, 2014). He can be reached at lawofcmg@gmail.com.

Stories from Michael C. Gross

The Right to a Speedy Trial
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Recently, some fellow defense counsels and I discussed how the case law regarding the right to a speedy trial applied to our cases. In our speedy trial motions, we have cited cases regarding post-accusation delay of 8 months or longer having been found to be “presumptively prejudicial.” Clarke v. State, 928 S.W.2d 709, 713 (Tex. Crim. App. 1996).

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The egregious cases involving Michael Morton and Anthony Graves resulted in the passage of the Michael Morton Act—Senate Bill 1611. Michael Morton was wrongfully imprisoned for nearly a quarter of a century as a result of a district attorney concealing evidence. The case of Mr. Morton was so egregious that the district attorney has been disbarred, fined, and jailed as a result. Anthony Graves spent 16 years on death row until the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently overturned his case since prosecutors elicited false statements and withheld testimony.

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

As the new editor of the Voice for the Defense and Voice Online, I would like to take a moment and thank Greg Westfall for all the hard work he has done for the Voice. In a four-year time frame, Greg ably steered the Voice into new realms. He and the great staff for TCDLA managed to scan all the past Voice editions. Greg also created the Voice Online and blog as a forum for debate.

Early Termination of Probation with Judicial Clemency Under TCCP Article 42.12
Thursday, June 6th, 2013

We read the recent opinion in Hall v. State and discussed the judicial clemency aspect of the case with some of our fellow defense counsel.