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 for his win in the Supreme Court in Ex parte EH 18-0932. Expunction ordered to be granted when case was based on former penal code 33.021(b) online solicitation which had been held by the CCA to be unconstitutional. Nice job, Mark!

Huge kudos to Northern District of Texas Federal Public Defender Jason Hawkins, Assistant  Federal Public Defender Michael Kawi, and civil rights attorney Stephanie Inman! The chief judge chose to hold a trial, despite the FPD office’s efforts to show, through several motions to continue, an emergency appeal, and a writ of mandamus, that holding a trial at this time is dangerous. The FPD office’s client, Timothy Tanner, was charged with felon in possession of a firearm with three-to-four witnesses. His trial was scheduled for June 1 – the first federal criminal trial in the nation post-pandemic. Mr. Tanner was found not guilty and knelt with the trial team outside the courthouse right after the verdict was rendered. Way to go!

If you see Gus Saper around, be sure to congratulate him on his getting his client’s nine-year sentence reduced to time served, six months home confinement, and 250 hours of community service. The case was not easy and only succeeded after Gus filed a motion for reconsideration of federal Judge Marina Marmelejo’s second order denying motion to reduce sentence. Awesome job, Gus!

From left to right: Civil rights attorney Stephanie Inman; paralegal Monaleeza Montalvo; investigator Roen Serna; client Timothy Tanner; and Assistant Public Defender Michael Kawi.
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