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November 2019

November 2019 SDR – Voice for the Defense Vol. 48, No. 9

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, 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

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My Welcome Home From Vietnam: Back in the World in One Piece

My ears popped, and the tires screeched as the TransTexas Airways DC-3 touched down at the Airport in Tyler. The stewardess had avoided eye contact, and the other passengers looked away from me. The short flight from Dallas was a replay of the plane ride from San Francisco. It was strange that no one would

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2019’s Need-to-Know Changes to DWI Law

Together, House Bills 2048 and 3582 refashioned Texas DWI law and punishment—and finally abolished surcharges. Kind of. Now, a person “finally convicted” of DWI “shall” pay a fine of $3,000 for a first conviction, $4,500 for a second, and $6,000 for all DWI convictions over 0.15. Presumably, a person is not finally convicted if they

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President’s Message: All You Can Be

Listening to Larry Pozner speak about cross-examination is a rare, rare treat. TCDLA (through CDLP) and HCCLA brought him to Houston to share a day of incredible training regarding cross. His book, Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques, written with Roger Dodd, has had an incredible impact on how I conduct cross. It will change how you

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Editor’s Comment: Individual Parts Make the Whole

We are a working organization. That’s what makes this organization so great. We all contribute our time and talents in some way for the betterment of TCDLA. Contributions from individuals meld together to make a cohesive, functional, educational, inspiring whole. That’s how this organization started nearly 50 years ago, and that’s what has kept it

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Getting Paid

The past few years there has been confusion on setting fees, non-refundable fees, and other matters. I will be putting fee examples in future issues to make sure we are all on sound ethical ground. Betty Blackwell, Joseph Connors, Judge Herb Ritchie, and Judge Greg Glass have given me permission to use their contracts as

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