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June 2015
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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Features
21 | Pictures from the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Seminar
23 | Can We Please—Finally—Have a Rational Discussion on the Subject of Sex Offenders? - By Armando Simón
27 | DNA Evidence—New Tactics to Use in Challenging - By L. T. “Butch” Bradt, Betsy L. Grubbs & Kim Hart

Can We Please—Finally—Have a Rational Discussion on the Subject of Sex Offenders?
Friday, July 10th, 2015

If I read the signs right, I believe that the hysteria revolving around the so-called “sex offenders”—which hysteria has not only affected society in general, but even the courts—is finally beginning to slowly abate, if some legal cases in Texas are any indication.

DNA Evidence—New Tactics to Use in Challenging
Friday, July 10th, 2015

Who, in defending a case involving DNA evidence, has not heard testimony from the State’s expert to the effect that there is a one-in-3 billion chance of a match to someone other than the defendant? It does not matter that all 13 alleles do not match; the testimony is essentially the same. Invariably.

Airport Security & Guns
Friday, July 10th, 2015

The carrying of long guns and handguns in and through an airport, and on an airplane, is regulated by both Texas and federal law. Although the list of prohibited items is exhaustive, TSA rarely sanctions violators unless the item is specifically a weapon.

The Lost Note
Friday, July 10th, 2015

I was at the post office late this afternoon when the phone rang. Tied up, I could not answer. A few minutes later, I retrieved the message.

“Hello, my name is Joe Smith and I am calling about a wallet. There was a note in the wallet signed by you, with your number. I would like to get the wallet back to its owner. Please return my call.”

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