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June 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Features
27 | Expediting Production of DWI Audio/Video Recordings Even Where Charges Have Not Been Filed - By Gary Trichter & Ed McClees
33 | WE Are UNLESS - By Rick Oliver
37 | Tribal Wars and Jail House Suicide - By Judge Wayne Patrick Priest

Columns
7 | President's Message
Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 4 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Supreme Court

Supreme Court capital-sentencing case law did not require a court to instruct the jury that mitigating circumstances need not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt; nor was such an instruction constitutionally necessary in these cases to avoid confusion. Kansas v. Carr, 136 S. Ct. 633 (2016).

2016 TCDLA Long Range Plan
Thursday, May 5th, 2016

TCDLA Long Range Planning Committee Members, 2015–2016: Edward Mallett (Chair),
William Harris (Co-Chair), Marjorie Bachman, Craig Jett, and Stephanie Patten.
TCDLA Long Range Planning Committee Staff: Joseph Martinez, Melissa Schank

Said & Done New
Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Kudos

Kudos to Bradley L. Clark of Fort Worth, who was recently elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.

May 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Features
25 | Buck Files Makes It 200! - By Bobby Mims
27 | “Never Quit. Never.” A Tribute to Buck Files - By Frank E. Stevenson
29 | 2016 TCDLA Long Range Plan - By TCDLA Long Range Planning Committee
35 | The Kibitzer Case - By Judge Wayne Patrick Priest
37 | Privilege vs. Confidentiality - By Dean Watts
Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 3 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Supreme Court

Florida’s death-sentencing scheme, which did not require a jury to determine whether a capital defendant was mentally retarded or unanimously sentence a defendant to death, violated the Sixth Amendment’s jury trial guarantee. Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016).

Said & Done New
Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Kudos

When we extended kudos to TCDLA members recently certified in criminal law by the Board of Legal Specialization, we missed one: Steven J. Lieberman of Houston. Sorry, Steven, and congratulations.

April 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Features
21 | The 40th Annual Texas Criminal Trial College
25 | Between a Reversal at the Court of Appeals and Discretionary Review: What Are Appointed Counsel’s Duties? - By John Bennett
29 | Successfully Suppressing a Search Warrant in Federal Court - By Mary Beth Harrell
Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 2 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Supreme Court

The judge in D’s murder trial did not violate U.S. Const. amend. VI by dismissing a juror who provided equivocal answers when asked if he could impose the death penalty if D was convicted. White v. Wheeler, 136 S. Ct. 456 (2015).

Said & Done New
Saturday, March 12th, 2016
March 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, March 12th, 2016
Features
25 | Procedural Choke Points in 46B Competency Issues - By Floyd L. Jennings
33 | "If All You Got Is Reasonable Doubt to Rely On, You’re Screwed" - By Susan Schoon
37 | A Lesson in Double Jeopardy - By Judge Wayne Patrick Priest

Columns
7 | President's Message
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 45, No. 1 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Supreme Court

Petitioners failed to establish a likelihood of success on their claim that using midazolam for execution violates U.S. Const. amend. VIII. Glossip v. Gross, 135 S. Ct. 2726 (2015).

Said & Done New
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Kudos

Kudos to TCDLA members recently certified in criminal law by the Board of Legal Specialization: Jonathan Hyatt (Longview), Justin Nimz (Wichita Falls), Richard Oliver (Houston), and Jed Silverman (Houston). Congratulations, fellow warriors.

January/February 2016 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Features
22 | The Michael Morton Act’s Undiscovered Country - By Keith Hampton
28 | The Fourth Amendment and Traffic Stops: A Completely Fictitious, Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Being a Successful Drug Courier - By Todd Duncan
36 | Do Not Mess With Papa’s Daughter - By Judge Wayne Patrick Priest
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Voice for the Defense Volume 44, No. 10 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Said & Done New
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Kudos

November 18, 2015, was a red-letter day for the Herr­mann & Weaver law firm of Amarillo. TCDLA member Walt Weaver notched an NG in Carson County on a bust of 52 pounds of meth.

December 2015 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
Features
22 | The Right to Present a Defense: Help When You Really Need It - By Wade Russell
28 | Do Not Be Afraid of Challenging the Show-Up Identification - By Mary Beth Harrell
33 | I Am Alive Today Because I Listened to My Body - By Buck Files
Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Voice for the Defense Volume 44, No. 9 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Said & Done New
Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Kudos

Board Member Carmen Roe of Houston convinced a grand jury to “no bill” her 25-to-Life client stopped for speeding—and found in possession of 7 bags of cocaine, 1 bag of marijuana, and 2 bottles of pills.