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December 2017
Review of the Operations of State Counsel for Offenders
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

In December 2017, the State Bar of Texas’ Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee (LSPCM) published its Review of the Operations of State Counsel for Offenders. TCDLA’s 2014 resolution on SCFO served as an impetus for the research, along with a request from TCDLA’s Corrections and Parole Committee for LSPCM to

December 2017 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Features
22 | Interpreting and Arguing the Scope of the Michael Morton Act: Defense Counsel Perspective on Scope of the Act - By Jason Niehaus & Sarah Pierce
27 | File Safe - By Chris Raesz
30 | Alibi as a Defense - By Jonathan Hyatt
32 | How Lubbock’s “Prairie Dog Lawyers” Seminar Got Its Name - By Chuck Lanehart
Interpreting and Arguing the Scope of the Michael Morton Act: Defense Counsel Perspective on Scope of the Act
Thursday, December 14th, 2017

The Michael Morton Act was passed after its namesake was released from jail after serving nearly 25 years for a crime he did not commit.

File Safe
Thursday, December 14th, 2017

We, as defense attorneys, are quickly becoming inundated with data. The purpose of this article is to proffer some form of potential solution to the problem created by an increase in material we, presumably, are obligated to personally review.

Alibi as a Defense
Thursday, December 14th, 2017

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, alibi is “a defense based on the physical impossibility of a defendant’s guilt by placing the defendant in a location other than the scene of the crime at the relevant time” and “the quality, state, or condition of having been elsewhere when an offense was committed.” Black’s Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014).

How Lubbock’s “Prairie Dog Lawyers” Seminar Got Its Name
Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Your Honors, this case was tried before the Honorable James N. Browning, Judge of the 47th Judicial District, but that is not the only reason it should be reversed.

The State of Public Opinion vs. Public Defender
Thursday, December 14th, 2017

When one reads about public defender offices, topics tend to center around the problems that public defenders face. There are articles dedicated to the lack of appropriate funding, the often times unmanageable caseloads, and being short staffed. There are even pieces on public defender offices being disciplined for neglecting clients.

The Importance of the Presumption of Innocence
Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Although Sam had been taken into custody well before noon, it was after six o’clock by the time his wife, Muriel, arrived at my office with Sam’s dad.

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