Mark Bennett

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Mark Bennett is a board-certified Houston criminal-defense lawyer. He graduated from Rice in 1992 with a BA in Religious Studies and received his JD from the University of Houston Law Center. He blogs about the art and science of criminal defense trial lawyering at He can be reached at

Stories from Mark Bennett

Voir Dire: Method Follows Model
Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Imagine you are repairing a car. How you perform the task depends on your understanding of how the car works. If you think internal combustion is powered by magic hamsters, you’re going to do the job differently than if you understand the suck-squeeze-bang-blow of a four-stroke engine.

CCA Strikes Down Portion of Online Solicitation of Minor Statute
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

When Grant Scheiner first approached me about challenging the online-solicitation-of-a-minor statute before trial, we thought we were probably just postponing an inevitable trial on the merits.