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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.

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.