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December 2018 SDR-1
Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 10 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, December 15th, 2018

Kudos to Gerry Goldstein and Cynthia Orr, two of our storied ex-presidents, for their big NGs in a recent federal jury trial on charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. D faced up to 25 years on the two charges, stemming from his involvement with former state senator Carlos Uresti and a West Texas county official—both convicted in the case.

December 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Features
21 | Michael Morton & Attorney-Client Privilege: Attorney General Opinion KP-0213 - By Janet Burnett
25 | Footsteps in Our Soul - By David E. Moore
27 | Reflections on a Memorial Service for Robert Kelly Pace - By Buck Files
28 | Robert Kelly Pace - By Brian Rollings & Jeff Wood
November 2018 SDR-1
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 9 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, November 6th, 2018

A big shout out to Reagan Wynn and Gary Medlin of Fort Worth and the entire team at the Innocence Project (and particularly Nina Morrison) for giving an innocent man back his life after 20 years of being labeled a murderer. In Reagan’s words:

November 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Features
21 | When Does a Driver Have to Submit to a Law Enforcement Officer’s Request to Take a Breath or Blood Test? What Every Driver Should Know - By J. Gary Trichter
25 | Pat Priest: A Profile in Judicial Courage - By Mark Stevens
30 | Mental Illness & Criminal Defense - By Judge Patrick Priest
October 2018 SDR-1
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 8 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
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

A big shout out to the team of Amber Vazquez of Austin and Leslie Booker of Round Rock for a tough victory in a two-week-long murder trial. D was charged with shooting his ex-girlfriend’s brother after a dispute boiled up on social media involving a nasty breakup (as detailed in the Austin newspaper, here: https://atxne.ws/2Ct0xar). Victim showed up to fight D and was shot by a hidden assailant.

October 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Features
19 | Drug-Free Zones - By David M. Guinn Jr. & Aaron R. Clements
25 | Seven Ways to Win (in Chess and Trial) - By Tyler Flood
27 | TCDLA Inside Story - By Vincent Perini

Columns
6 | President's Message
8 | Executive Director's Perspective
10 | Editor's Comment
September 2018 SDR-1
Friday, August 24th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 7 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, August 24th, 2018

Kudos to Houston assistant PD Nicolas Hughes and colleague Sarah Wood for their work challenging testimony on bloodstain pattern evidence and gunshot residue.

September 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Friday, August 24th, 2018
Features
20 | Something Is Wrong with the Sex Offender Registry - By Matthew Ferrara & Emma Hamilton
31 | They Really Can’t Say That, Can They? Nope, But They Do - By Paul G. Stuckle

Columns
6 | President's Message
8 | Executive Director's Perspective
13 | Federal Corner
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.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2018