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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
- President's Message: On the Shoulders of Giants - By Samuel E. Bassett
- Executive Director's Perspective: On to Summer - By Joseph A. Martinez
- Off the Back: Getting Jurors to Tell Us the Truth - By Stephen Gustitis
- Federal Corner: The Private Search Doctrine Did Not Help the Government - By F. R. Buck Files Jr.
- Said & Done