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President’s Message: Caring in Frightening Times

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Ah, COVID-19, how you’ve changed our lives. I had just opined that my presidency was on the downhill side and there had been smooth sailing throughout the year. And then God smiled. At TCDLA, our first concern was for the safety of our staff and our membership – our physical, mental, psychological, and financial safety.

Chief Executive Officer’s Perspective: Trying Times

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“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” – Gwendolyn Brooks This month has been overwhelmingly difficult – both professionally and personally.  I know I am not alone in feeling the weight of concerns that have come along with the global spread of COVID-19 – how to

Shout Outs

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Michael Mowla successfully stayed the execution of John Hummel on March 18. Michael argued that the panic and concerns related to COVID-19 could impact the courts, the governor, and the Board of Pardons and Paroles making a fair decision when considering final appeals and clemency pleas. Congratulations once again to Michael for fighting for fairness

Federal Corner: The Outrageous Government Conduct Defense

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In the November 2016 edition of the VOICE, my Federal Corner column was entitled Child Pornography; The Playpen; The Onion Router (“Tor”); Network Investigative Technique (“NIT”) Warrants; Suppression; and, Confusion in the Courts.  I wrote about United States v. Croghan, ___F.Supp.3d___, 2016 WL 4992105 (S.D. Iowa Sept. 19, 2016) and United States v. Werdene, ___F.Supp.3d___,

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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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