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January/February 2017 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Features
27 | Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: The PCAST Report - By Walter Reaves
31 | A Thorn in the Side of Forensic DNA: Complex Mixtures - By Lydia McCoy
33 | Lawyers Look Out: Judge May Not Pay for Your Work - By Drew Willey
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 10 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Shout Outs
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Kudos, congratulations, and plaudits to Mike Ware, Gary Udashen, Walter Reaves, Casie Gotro, and Keith Hampton, as the Court of Criminal Appeals declared their clients, the San Antonio 4, actually innocent.

December 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Features
21 | DWI Jury Punishment - By John Gioffredi
25 | The Roles of Forensic Mental Health Experts in the Legal System: What Practitioners of Law May Need to Know - By M. K. Hamza
33 | Suppressing Evidence Obtained From Proactive Drug Interdiction Speeding Stop - By Robert Eutsler
Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 9 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Supreme Court

Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015), which held that the residual clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act was void for vagueness, was a substantive decision that applied retroactively to D’s case. Welch v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1257 (2016).

Shout Outs
Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Kudos to Jim Huggler of Tyler on a big win in the CCA, gaining a reversal in the Walker v. State case.

November 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Features
21 | Receipt of Incriminating Evidence and the Need for Protection - By Keith Hampton
28 | Avoiding the One-Eyed Expert and Handling the Others - By Hilary Sheard
36 | The Long Hot Summer—Dilley Style - By Judge Pat Priest

Columns
6 | President's Message

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 8 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Supreme Court

SORNA did not require D, a registered sex offender, to update his registration in Kansas once he left the state and moved to the Philippines. Nichols v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1113 (2016).

Said & Done New
Friday, October 7th, 2016

Kudos

Kudos to Harris County Chief Public Defender Alexander Bunin, who was presented with the Champion of Public Defense Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its 59th Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, FL, in August.

October 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Friday, October 7th, 2016
Features
23 | Defending Child Injury Cases - By Sarah Roland
30 | Ethical Problems with Giving Free Legal Advice - By Janet Burnett
34 | The Leming Opinion Is Not the Silver Bullet Prosecutors Claim - By Lanny Begley
37 | 4th Amendment Musings: Search & Seizure: So, What’s Going On? - By Kelly Pace
Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 7 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Said & Done New
Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Kudos

James Horton and Nathan Miller scored a big NG in an embezzlement trial, State v. Steve Thomas, in Denton County. Thomas, along with two other defendants, was charged with a first-degree felony.

September 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Features
23 | The Warrior’s Discovery Toolbox - By Chris Hesse
29 | Are You Thinking About Cyber Security? - By Clinton Henry
32 | In Defense of Authenticity - By Brian Schmidt
35 | Misdemeanor Murder! - By Judge Pat Priest

Columns
7 | President's Message
Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 6 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

July Fourth Readings: The Principals
Friday, July 22nd, 2016

“A big thanks to all the hard-working people who made this historic event possible. Together, we made the profound words of the Declaration come alive in our hometowns. We reminded our fellow Texans that our devotion to the preservation of our liberty defines us as a people.

Said & Done New
Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Kudos

Congratulations to Tracy Cluck of Austin on his PDR win. In December of last year, Tracy filed a PDR alleging four points of error.

July 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Features
21 | The Many Faces of Rusty: Pictures from the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
24 | SMO: Front–Loading Mitigation - By Gerald Bierbaum
27 | July Fourth Readings: The Principals - The stalwarts leading the charge
Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 5 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Said & Done New
Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Kudos

TCDLA Associate Director Courtney Stamper passed along some information that, he says, “may sound a little simple but it created some issues for the State in a trial I was in last week.” He said to make sure prosecution has a proper chain of custody for a gun, and that the document trail is in good shape.