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July 2018 SDR-1
Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 6 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Shout out to Michael A. Warner of Amarillo for his recent not guilty verdict in the 47th District Court in Potter County. D, charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, was the stepfather of the 8-year-old alleged victim—who testified that D had taken “sticks” and put them in her bottom “twice a year for various years.” English was the 3rd-grade victim’s second language.

July/August 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Features
23 | Tornillo - By Chuck Lanehart
27 | Miles of Smiles This Year at Rusty Duncan
30 | Pictures from the Annual TCDLA Reading of the Declaration of Independence
35 | Organizers of This Year’s Readings of the Declaration of Independence

Columns
6 | President's Message
June 2018 SDR-1
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 5 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Kudos to Mark Griffith of Waxahachie for a recent win in an agg assault case, wherein D was confronted by an inebriated dude in McDonald’s. Client said they should go outside and talk—where dude pulled knives on him. D put a whupping on him but was charged in the fracas.

Advertising Conduct-1
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
June 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
Features
21 | Traveling on a Known Drug Corridor: Who Knew? - By Todd Duncan
27 | Political Trends, Sentencing, Classification, Designation & Program Practice in Federal Prison - By Bruce Cameron, Jose Santana & Ralph Miller
30 | Appear Weak When You Are Strong - By Tyler Flood
33 | Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight - By Daryl Parker
May 2018 SDR-1
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 4 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Shout out to Drew Willey of Galveston, written up in the New York Times after a judge allegedly took away some of his indigent clients and refused to appoint him new ones because he “worked too hard.” His offense? The judge said he was “the only attorney” who routinely asked for a paid investigator, complaining that cases resulting in guilty pleas should generally take more than three hours of work.

May 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Features
21 | Proposed CCA Amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure
23 | Pictures from the 42nd Annual Tim Evans Texas Criminal Trial College - By Shreika Madison
26 | Nondisclosures & Expunctions - By Betty Blackwell
36 | There Won’t Be Blood - By Lanny Begley and Mimi Coffey

Columns
April 2018 SDR-1
Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 3 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Shout to Christopher Till of Comanche for the big NG in a recent delivery of meth case. Chris had filed a motion in limine attempting to block a video and audio recording made of the delivery by a confidential informant—who didn’t happen to make it for the trial. In closing he reminded the jury of a defendant’s right to confront the witness against him (which the court had disregarded in allowing the video), and the jury agreed.

April 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Features
24 | What’s New and What’s the Same at This Year’s Rusty Duncan
27 | The Intersection of Mental Illness & the Criminal Justice System - By Sarah Roland
35 | From the Archives: TCDLA & NACDL, Helping Each Other - By Hon. Frank Maloney

Columns
6 | President's Message
March 2018 SDR-1
Friday, March 9th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 2 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Friday, March 9th, 2018

Kudos to TCDLA Director Keith Hampton for his big save in front of the parole board. For the first time since 2007, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted to recommend a lesser sentence for a death row inmate. The board voted unanimously in favor of clemency for Thomas Bartlett Whitaker, halting a scheduled execution. Gov. Greg Abbott then approved the recommendation, the first such approval after 30 denied.