Johnathan Ball

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Johnathan Ball received a degree in political science from Texas A&M University with a minor in philosophy and his JD from St. Mary’s University Law School. Johnathan lives in McAllen, Texas, where he practices primarily criminal defense. In addition to TCDLA, Johnathan is a member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Hidalgo County Bar Association-Criminal Defense. Married with two children, he has been in private practice since 2004.

Stories from Johnathan Ball

Rethinking Jury Charge Error as Constitutional Error
Friday, December 28th, 2012

One of the greatest fictions known to the law is that a jury of twelve laymen can hear a judge read a set of instructions once, then understand them, digest them, and correctly apply them to the facts in the case. It has taken the judge and the lawyers years of study to understand the law as stated in those instructions.

SANE Examinations Are Testimonial and Are  Subject to Confrontation
Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Definition of SANE Examination

Finding the Good News in the Arresting Officer’s Report: How to Cross-Examine the Arresting Officer in a DWI Trial in Edinburg, Texas
Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Good criminal defense lawyers are known for doing two things well: cross-examination and closing statements.

Sufficiency Review in Texas Criminal Cases: Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Malik review is unconstitutional. Malik is unconstitutional because it violates the basic protections of Due Process under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and violates United States Supreme Court precedent. Sufficiency review under Malik v.