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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

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Voice for the Defense Volume 46, 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
Thursday, December 14th, 2017

A big shout out to Facebook fave Casie Gotro for the recent mistrial declared in her Waco Twin Peaks case, following yet another release of discovery evidence not previously tendered—from both the city of Waco and the DPS. The jury in the case was deadlocked after more than 14 hours deliberating (according to a courthouse source, no more than six jurors favored a guilty verdict).

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
November 2017 SDR-1
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Voice for the Defense Volume 46, 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, October 31st, 2017

A big shout out to Randy Schaffer of Houston, at whose behest the State Bar of Texas is pursuing disciplinary action against a former Harris County assistant district attorney—who allegedly struck deals with three jailhouse informants in exchange for testimony in a capital murder trial without notifying the defense.

November 2017 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Features
22 | Statutory Changes Regarding Mentally Ill Defendants - By Floyd L. Jennings
29 | Court Costs - By Audrey Chao
34 | Private Investigators: How to Choose One, and How to Use One—Effectively - By Jeff Wax

Columns
6 | President's Message
8 | Executive Director's Perspective
October 2017 SDR-1
Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Voice for the Defense Volume 46, 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
Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Shout out to 2016 TCDLA Lawyer of the Year Richard Gladden for a recent win in district court. District judge granted a motion for summary judgment Richard filed on behalf of D in a Section 1983 Civil Rights case. The Court ruled D’s federal right to procedural due process was violated by the Sex Offender Registration Bureau (SORB) at the Texas DPS in Austin.

October 2017 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Features
22 | Surviving Hurricane Harvey: Houston Lawyers and Others on the Ordeal - Compiled by Chuck Lanehart
      With Yong J. An
      David Moore
      Judy Mingledorff
      Thuy Le
      Lisa Shapiro Strauss
      Christina Appelt
      Robb Fickman
      Monique Sparks
September 2017 SDR
Friday, September 1st, 2017

Voice for the Defense Volume 46, 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.

Shout Outs
Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Shout out to Justin Underwood for a recent vitory in a week-long Intox Manslaughter and Manslaughter trial in El Paso. Trial resulted from an accident on I-10 in a construction zone. No witnesses at scene, but cops said D was intoxicated. Only officer at hospital said Intox, based solely off HGN and interaction with D—an interaction he described as perfectly normal about 20 times, says Justin.

September 2017 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Thursday, August 31st, 2017
Features
23 | Social Media Evidence - By Frank Sellers
31 | Packingham v. North Carolina: Will the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Impact a “Sex Offender” Law in Texas? - By Richard Gladden
37 | Psycho ...What? - By Justin Kiechler
39 | The Ballad of Baldo Cortez & 'Lefty' - By Judge Pat Priest
SDR July2017-1
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Voice for the Defense Volume 46, No. 6 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, July 25th, 2017

Kudos to caped crusader Keith Hampton for his yeoman’s work on the strange case of Dan and Fran Keller, convicted in 1992 for performing satanic rituals on children and freed after 21 years in prison.

July/August 2017 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Features
22 | Corralling the Big Dogs: Rounding Up Ex-Presidents for a Photo Shoot at Rusty
23 | Celebrating 30 Years of Justice - Pictures from Rusty
27 | 2017 Declaration Reading Recollections and Media Mentions - Compiled by Chuck Lanehart
SDR June2017-1
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Voice for the Defense Volume 46, No. 5 Edition

Editor: Michael Mowla

From editor Michael Mowla

1.  The online SDR, which is regularly emailed to all current TCDLA members, is summarized in a man­ner that allows readers to generally use the SDR instead of reading every opinion. It includes more than just the relevant holding(s).

2. These summaries are not a substitute for reading the whole case.

Shout Outs
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

David Michael Ryan sent a shout out to Mark Bennett and Lane Haygood for their recent NG verdict in DC441. D, an 18-year-old senior, plead out to DADJ after asking 14-year-old freshman if he is gay and wants to copulate. Mark got the statute found unconstitutional, then was retained to get D out of plea. Done. Miffed state files criminal solicitation of a minor charges. Turns out D was acting as middleman for interested party.