Keith S. Hampton

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Keith S. Hampton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law. Keith served as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Sam Houston Clinton, and in 1990, began his private law practice in Austin. Named a “super-lawyer” every year since 2003 in Texas Monthly and Law and Politics magazine, Keith has served as a director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and for more than ten years served as TCLDA lobbyist and legislative chair. He is a charter member and former director of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 2008 he was awarded the State Bar of Texas’ “Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year” award for his work in Panetti v. Quarterman, in which a mentally ill man received relief from the United States Supreme Court, and in Foster v. Texas, a rare commutation for a young man convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death under the law of parties.

Stories from Keith S. Hampton

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).

Receipt of Incriminating Evidence and the Need for Protection
Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Texas criminal defense lawyers who have received physical evidence incriminating their clients are in an ethical no-man’s-land and vulnerable to prosecution. There is currently no clear ethical rule to guide the defense lawyer and no real protection from being used as a law enforcement tool against your own client.

The Michael Morton Act’s Undiscovered Country
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Remember those relics of a cat-and-mouse system of revelation? Today’s young lawyers and prosecutors and future judges will never have known it.

Texas Discovery: Where We Were, Where We Are Headed
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

“Getting Discovery”

It is the early 1990s. I’m in a little rectangular room of the Travis County District Attorney’s office “getting discovery” on a murder case.