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July/August 2014
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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Features
18 | Pictures from the Annual TCDLA Fourth of July Readings
26 | Reading Competency Reports: What Should Lawyers Expect of Competency Examiners? - By Mary Alice Conroy, PhD, & Floyd L. Jennings, JD, PhD
34 | The Rules of Evidence: The Rest of Our Top 25 - By Ed & Sara Stapleton
Reading Competency Reports: What Should Lawyers Expect of Competency Examiners?
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Preface

Both courts and counsel are the statutory recipients of competency reports conducted by court-appointed examiners.1 Oft times the reports appear to be written in Sanskrit and are unintelli

The Rules of Evidence: The Rest of Our Top 25
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

In our first article, we offered a summary of our top 12 rules of evidence for defending criminal cases. These rules are: 1) Rule 602, 2) Rule 402, 3) Rule 802, 4) Rule 403, 5) Rule 614, 6) Rule 615, 7) CCP Chapter 38, 8) Crawford, 9) Rule 404(b), 10) Rule 701, 11) Rule 702, and 12) Rule 104. These next 13 rules will also be important in most every criminal defense.

Joseph “Sib” Abraham Jr.: West Texas Justice
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

As we stood in the El Paso heat, as our brother, Sib Abraham, was buried, a very well-respected 70-year-old lawyer came up to me. He had tears in his eyes as he looked at me and said:

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