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June 2019 SDR-1
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, 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 4th, 2019

Tip of the hat to Mark Griffith of Waxahachie for the big NG in a Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child trial—in which, he says, the judge let the entire CAC video in. Mark sought permission in jury selection to go hard after the truth . . . and did. In cross, he caught CW in three major lies, so nothing rang true. First vote found the jurors voting 11 to 1 not guilty (one of whom had a friend molested as a kid).

June 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
Features
22 | Blood Pattern Analysis: Esoteric Science, Quotidian Skill, or Deceptive Practice? - By Louis Akin
28 | Representation of Mentally Impaired Clients: An Ethical Issue - By Floyd L. Jennings
32 | Protecting Your Flank: What is a record and how to make sure your argument is preserved for appeal - By Clifford P. W. Duke
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, 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
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Kudos to the dynamic duo of John Hunter Smith and Thomas Wynne of Sherman for their recent wins. TCLDA Secretary John Hunter and Thomas represented a mother charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury–Family/Household (Impeding Breath) of her 17-year-old daughter in the 336th District Court in Fannin County. After 4½ days of trial, the jury returned a Not Guilty verdict.

May 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
Features
20 | Pictures From the 43rd Annual Tim Evans Texas Criminal Trial College - By Keri Steen
24 | Representing the Mentally Ill on the Road to Recovery and Victory - By Micah Belden
28 | The Right to a Speedy Trial - By Michael Gross
April 2019 SDR-1
Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, 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
Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Dan Carney of Weatherford sends a big shout out to former TCDLA president Mark Daniel of Fort Worth: “Mark accepted appointment to represent a mother accused in the murder of her own child. The indictment charged her with two counts of Capital Murder and one of SBI Injury to Child by striking her child against a hard surface.

April 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Features
19 | Notice on Membership Renewal - By Carmen Roe, Nathan Miller & Monique Sparks
20 | The 32nd Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course
22 | Enlisting With a Juvenile Record: A Texas Roadmap - By Betty E. Rodriguez
28 | Get Involved in TCDLA’s Declaration Readings - By Chuck Lanehart
March 2019 SDR-1
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, 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
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Kudos to Mike Head and Justin Weiner of Athens. Their client admitted to shooting his brother-in-law twice, once in the face and once in the chest with a single-shot 20-gauge shotgun. He was charged and indicted for Murder. After a week-long jury trial in Henderson County, the jurors deliberated for 8½ hours. The jury eventually sent the court a note indicating that they would not be finding the client guilty of Murder.

March 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
Features
21 | Expert Questions - By Sarah Roland
27 | The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - By Rachel D. Fischer
29 | The Risks of a Colorado Cannabis Vacation - By D. Chris Hesse
32 | Teaching Your Clients to Succeed on Probation - By Clay S. Conrad
January/February 2019 SDR-1
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, No. 1 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, January 30th, 2019

A big shout out to the Innocence Project and TCDLA member Julie Lesser, exoneration attorney of the Dallas Public Defenders Office, for seeing justice finally done in the case of Steven Mark Chaney. Chaney was convicted in a 1987 double murder based on testimony that he had left a bite mark on the arms of one of the victims—that there was a “one to a million” chance somebody besides Chaney had made that mark.

January/February 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Features
19 | Texas Sentencing in Non-Capital Cases - By Cliff Duke
27 | Recent TDCJ Discipline Abuse Issues & a Review of Basic Prison Discipline Procedures and Case Law - By Bill Habern
33 | Look Over There! Fooled You, Didn’t We? - By Tyler Flood
35 | The 86th Texas Legislature - By Shea Place
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.