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March 2020

EXTRANEOUS CRIMES, WRONGS, AND ACTS: What are they and how can they impact your case?

I. Evolution of the Meaning of Extraneous Offense The definition of an extraneous offense has evolved in Texas jurisprudence. It was once defined as “one that is extra, beyond, or foreign to the offense for which the party is on trial.” Ridinger v. State, 174 S.W.2d 319, 320 (Tex. Crim. App. 1943). Later, several cases

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THE SAGA OF SLIPPERY SAM CATES, Crosby County’s Crafty Miscreant

Two shotgun blasts 100 years ago rocked Crosbyton, exposing the tiny Texas South Plains town as a seeming cauldron of sexual promiscuity, leading to death, scandal, and intrigue. Yet the compelling Roaring Twenties tale of Sam Cates, at the center of the drama, seems to have been forgotten. Until now… Cates and Burton Samuel Wavely

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A RACE HE COULD NOT WIN: The Case of All-American Swimmer Ryan Harty

Justice is not color blind. Somewhat paradoxically, it is to a large degree black and white, with blacks getting the short end of “equal treatment under the law.” The late African-American comedian Richard Pryor (1940-2005) pretty much nailed it when he said, “If you’re going downtown looking for justice, that’s just what you’ll find—just us.”

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Chief Executive Officer’s Perspective: New Beginnings

We are excited as we start off the new year with two new key staff. I would like to introduce Billy Huntsman, communications director and Briana Ramos, program coordinator, to our membership. Billy Huntsman is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He went to college in Las Cruces and moved to Austin in September 2018, following

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Federal Corner: Medical Marijuana and Supervised Release

[Note:  Mea Culpa.  If you thought that my last column – “Fingerprints, Thumbprints and Compelled Biometric Scans to Unlock Encrypted Devices” — was confusing, you were correct.  We unintentionally sent in what was supposed to run in the VOICE along with an earlier draft of the introduction to the column.  So, what you had was,

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Shout Outs

Congratulations to Troy McKinney, who received the Tom Garner Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Named after former TBLS Chairman Tom Garner, the award is given to an individual “who best epitomizes the best ideals of voluntary service by their knowledge, dedication, hard work and integrity.” You’re a rock star, Troy!

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