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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, 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 2nd, 2019

A big shout out to Dean Watts of Nacogdoches for his recent win in the 12th Court of Appeals, who affirmed his motion to suppress. D was stopped for failing to change lane on a roundabout, then subsequently was arrested for DWI. The trial court granted the motion and the State appealed.

October 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Features
25 | Persuading Jurors to Accept a Disconnect Defense - By Joseph Ruiz
30 | Timing Like a Hawk - By Tyler Flood
34 | Michael Wayne Ramsey - By Chip B. Lewis

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, 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 notrely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Saturday, August 24th, 2019

A big shout out to Richard Gladden of Denton for his recent appellate victory at the Second COA in Dowdy v. State, No. 02-18-00112-CR (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 7/30/19) (not designated for publication). The jury con­victed Appellant of POM, Class A, and sentenced him to 180 days in the county jail and fined him $4,000. Somehow, the jury left the verdict form completely blank, though.

September 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Features
22 | There Will Be Blood: The Interplay Between Hospital Blood Draws and the Warrant Requirement in DWI Cases - By Jason Edward Niehaus
29 | Starting at the End: The Court’s Charge to the Jury - By Sarah Roland
38 | Effect of the Farm Act on POM - By Phil Baker

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s recent sentencing explanation in United States v. Sayoc is truly remarkable.

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Pictures from Rusty Duncan 2019 - 1
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, 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 notrely solely upon these summaries.

Shout Outs
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Tip of the hat to Bill Mason of Cleburne, who last month secured the big NG on an Indictment for Aggravated Sexual Assault and an extraneous Indecency With a Child. D was a 55-year-old step-grandfather with no priors, and “victim” was “6 or 7” at the time of the alleged assault.

July/August 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Features
22 | Pictures from Rusty Duncan
26 | Why We Read the Declaration - By Chuck Lanehart
30 | Thank You to Our Organizers - By Robb Fickman
32 | Freedom Papers - By Mary Beth Harrell
35 | Twenty-Five Criminal Law Changes You Will Need to Know Starting September 1, 2019 - By Shea Pace

June 2019 SDR-1
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, No. 5 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, June 4th, 2019

Tip of the hat to Mark Griffith of Waxahachie for the big NG in a Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child trial—in which, he says, the judge let the entire CAC video in. Mark sought permission in jury selection to go hard after the truth . . . and did. In cross, he caught CW in three major lies, so nothing rang true. First vote found the jurors voting 11 to 1 not guilty (one of whom had a friend molested as a kid).

June 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
Features
22 | Blood Pattern Analysis: Esoteric Science, Quotidian Skill, or Deceptive Practice? - By Louis Akin
28 | Representation of Mentally Impaired Clients: An Ethical Issue - By Floyd L. Jennings
32 | Protecting Your Flank: What is a record and how to make sure your argument is preserved for appeal - By Clifford P. W. Duke
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Voice for the Defense Volume 48, No. 4 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, April 30th, 2019

Kudos to the dynamic duo of John Hunter Smith and Thomas Wynne of Sherman for their recent wins. TCLDA Secretary John Hunter and Thomas represented a mother charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury–Family/Household (Impeding Breath) of her 17-year-old daughter in the 336th District Court in Fannin County. After 4½ days of trial, the jury returned a Not Guilty verdict.

May 2019 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
Features
20 | Pictures From the 43rd Annual Tim Evans Texas Criminal Trial College - By Keri Steen
24 | Representing the Mentally Ill on the Road to Recovery and Victory - By Micah Belden
28 | The Right to a Speedy Trial - By Michael Gross
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.