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December 2015
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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
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22 | The Right to Present a Defense: Help When You Really Need It - By Wade Russell
28 | Do Not Be Afraid of Challenging the Show-Up Identification - By Mary Beth Harrell
33 | I Am Alive Today Because I Listened to My Body - By Buck Files
The Right to Present a Defense: Help When You Really Need It
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

This “right to present a defense” is a broad right that can allow you to present important, helpful material or exculpatory evidence to the jury when other more specific rules, like the hearsay rule or other state evidentiary laws, would seem to prevent you from presenting such evidence.

Do Not Be Afraid of Challenging the Show-Up Identification
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Like more than a few of my court-appointed felony clients, Julius was angry, offensive, demanding, and adamantly refused any plea deal. He was 43 years old but looked 60, African-American, unemployed, short, stocky, dark-skinned with very short black hair. Julius was a career felon who was bad at his job.

I Am Alive Today Because I Listened to My Body
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

On August 12, 2014, I underwent open heart surgery at East Texas Medical Center Hospital in Tyler in order to relieve the 95 percent blockage in my widow maker and the significant blockage in two of my other coronary arteries. During my first conversation with my surgeon after I left the intensive care unit, I heard him say: “You were a ticking time bomb.

The Carving Doctrine and the Case of ‘Joe’ Friday
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Every lawyer who has ever made a living defending criminal cases has been asked, not once but very often, how he or she is able to represent people who are known to be guilty.

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