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December 2019
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Thursday, December 12th, 2019

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22 | Coercive Interrogation and the Vulnerable Population - By Amber Farrelly & Keith Hampton
28 | Memories of a Christmas in Vietnam - By Buck Files
30 | Voir Dire: Method Follows Model - By Mark W. Bennett
34 | Small-Town Advice for the Big-City Lawyer - By Dean Watts

Coercive Interrogation and the Vulnerable Population
Thursday, December 12th, 2019

[A] system of criminal law enforcement which comes to depend on the “confession” will, in the long run, be less reliable and more subject to abuses than a system which depends on extrinsic evidence independently secured through skillful investigation.” Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 488-89 (1964).

Memories of a Christmas in Vietnam
Thursday, December 12th, 2019

After 44 months as a Marine and 158 weeks as a prosecutor for Smith County, I became a Texas criminal defense lawyer on September 15, 1970, at the age of 32. Three months later, Christmas was approaching and the Vietnam war was escalating. By the end of the year, there would be 184,314 American troops in country and 1,928 Americans would have died there.

Voir Dire: Method Follows Model
Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Imagine you are repairing a car. How you perform the task depends on your understanding of how the car works. If you think internal combustion is powered by magic hamsters, you’re going to do the job differently than if you understand the suck-squeeze-bang-blow of a four-stroke engine.

Small-Town Advice for the Big-City Lawyer
Thursday, December 12th, 2019

As a solo practitioner in Nacogdoches, I always enjoy seeing fellow criminal defense lawyers from out of town travel to the courthouse and defend the innocent accused (and occasionally a few guilty ones). It can also be quite entertaining to see how they handle practicing in a small town.

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