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April 2019 SDR-1
Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, No. 3 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Dan Carney of Weatherford sends a big shout out to former TCDLA president Mark Daniel of Fort Worth: “Mark accepted appointment to represent a mother accused in the murder of her own child. The indictment charged her with two counts of Capital Murder and one of SBI Injury to Child by striking her child against a hard surface.

April 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Features
19 | Notice on Membership Renewal - By Carmen Roe, Nathan Miller & Monique Sparks
20 | The 32nd Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course
22 | Enlisting With a Juvenile Record: A Texas Roadmap - By Betty E. Rodriguez
28 | Get Involved in TCDLA’s Declaration Readings - By Chuck Lanehart
March 2019 SDR-1
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, No. 2 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Kudos to Mike Head and Justin Weiner of Athens. Their client admitted to shooting his brother-in-law twice, once in the face and once in the chest with a single-shot 20-gauge shotgun. He was charged and indicted for Murder. After a week-long jury trial in Henderson County, the jurors deliberated for 8½ hours. The jury eventually sent the court a note indicating that they would not be finding the client guilty of Murder.

March 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
Features
21 | Expert Questions - By Sarah Roland
27 | The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - By Rachel D. Fischer
29 | The Risks of a Colorado Cannabis Vacation - By D. Chris Hesse
32 | Teaching Your Clients to Succeed on Probation - By Clay S. Conrad
January/February 2019 SDR-1
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, No. 1 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

A big shout out to the Innocence Project and TCDLA member Julie Lesser, exoneration attorney of the Dallas Public Defenders Office, for seeing justice finally done in the case of Steven Mark Chaney. Chaney was convicted in a 1987 double murder based on testimony that he had left a bite mark on the arms of one of the victims—that there was a “one to a million” chance somebody besides Chaney had made that mark.

January/February 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Features
19 | Texas Sentencing in Non-Capital Cases - By Cliff Duke
27 | Recent TDCJ Discipline Abuse Issues & a Review of Basic Prison Discipline Procedures and Case Law - By Bill Habern
33 | Look Over There! Fooled You, Didn’t We? - By Tyler Flood
35 | The 86th Texas Legislature - By Shea Place
December 2018 SDR-1
Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 10 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Kudos to Gerry Goldstein and Cynthia Orr, two of our storied ex-presidents, for their big NGs in a recent federal jury trial on charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. D faced up to 25 years on the two charges, stemming from his involvement with former state senator Carlos Uresti and a West Texas county official—both convicted in the case.

December 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Features
21 | Michael Morton & Attorney-Client Privilege: Attorney General Opinion KP-0213 - By Janet Burnett
25 | Footsteps in Our Soul - By David E. Moore
27 | Reflections on a Memorial Service for Robert Kelly Pace - By Buck Files
28 | Robert Kelly Pace - By Brian Rollings & Jeff Wood
November 2018 SDR-1
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 9 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

A big shout out to Reagan Wynn and Gary Medlin of Fort Worth and the entire team at the Innocence Project (and particularly Nina Morrison) for giving an innocent man back his life after 20 years of being labeled a murderer. In Reagan’s words:

November 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Features
21 | When Does a Driver Have to Submit to a Law Enforcement Officer’s Request to Take a Breath or Blood Test? What Every Driver Should Know - By J. Gary Trichter
25 | Pat Priest: A Profile in Judicial Courage - By Mark Stevens
30 | Mental Illness & Criminal Defense - By Judge Patrick Priest
October 2018 SDR-1
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 8 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

A big shout out to the team of Amber Vazquez of Austin and Leslie Booker of Round Rock for a tough victory in a two-week-long murder trial. D was charged with shooting his ex-girlfriend’s brother after a dispute boiled up on social media involving a nasty breakup (as detailed in the Austin newspaper, here: https://atxne.ws/2Ct0xar). Victim showed up to fight D and was shot by a hidden assailant.

October 2018 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Features
19 | Drug-Free Zones - By David M. Guinn Jr. & Aaron R. Clements
25 | Seven Ways to Win (in Chess and Trial) - By Tyler Flood
27 | TCDLA Inside Story - By Vincent Perini

Columns
6 | President's Message
8 | Executive Director's Perspective
10 | Editor's Comment
September 2018 SDR-1
Friday, August 24th, 2018

Voice for the Defense Volume 47, No. 7 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From Editor Michael Mowla:

        1. I summarize each opinion in a manner that allows readers to generally use this SDR instead of reading every opinion.

        2. If you determine that a summarized opinion is relevant to one of your cases, I urge you to read the opinion and not rely solely upon these summaries.