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Federal Corner: Officer Snerd, Could You Run Something For Me On Your Computer?

Ten times each year, I have the fun of deciding what the topic will be for the next “Federal Corner.” The answer will almost always be found from WestLaw research, articles in the New York Times, something from the internet, a suggestion from another TCDLA member, or in the grants of certiorari by the Supreme

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Shout Outs

Congratulations to Sally Ring, whose client was granted a writ of habeas corpus! The client was charged with three felonies but the judge granted PR bonds, stating Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-13 was unconstitutional, violating the U.S. and Texas constitutions, due process, and separation of powers. Way to go, Sally! Shout out to Mark Bennett

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How to Fix a Blood Warrant Scandal

If you haven’t seen the Netflix docuseries How to Fix a Drug Scandal, stop what you are doing.  Go invest four hours of your life.  Prepare to be blown away.  Director, Erin Lee Carr, explores how far government employees (attorneys, judges, and lab personnel) are willing to go to prevent mass decriminalization.  While the cases in the docuseries involved two

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General Information on Immigration Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) still enforcing immigration holds and moving detainees into ICE custody? Yes. ICE is still enforcing all current immigration holds. There is currently no direct relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in March ICE identified over 550 detainees over 60 years of age or pregnant but only released 160

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Padilla at 10: Myths, Facts, and Tools for Immigration Consequences of Conviction

On March 31st, Padilla v. Kentucky turned ten. The United States Supreme Court held in Padilla that criminal defense attorneys must advise their clients of the immigration consequences of conviction. Despite a clear mandate, Padilla compliance and resources remain low while Padilla litigation—including ineffectiveness claims—continues to rise. In this article, we dispel three myths about

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WE WILL NOT BE DETERRED: Reading of the Declaration of Independence 2020

TCDLA is committed to celebrating our freedoms by organizing local readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout Texas every year. This year, perhaps more than ever, our annual patriotic project is especially warranted. Criminal defense lawyers are at the point of the spear against despots, unreasonable laws, and misguided regulations. We therefore must remind the

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