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June 2015 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Features
21 | Pictures from the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Seminar
23 | Can We Please—Finally—Have a Rational Discussion on the Subject of Sex Offenders? - By Armando Simón
27 | DNA Evidence—New Tactics to Use in Challenging - By L. T. “Butch” Bradt, Betsy L. Grubbs & Kim Hart

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Voice for the Defense Volume 44, No. 5 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Voice for the Defense Volume 44, No. 4 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Said & Done New
Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Kudos

In March, Patty Tress, Lisa Fox, and Oni Groves received a not guilty verdict on a murder case in Dallas County. In a hard-fought battle over 5 days of testimony and many hearings, the jury heard very little testimony as the defense team came prepared with the rules of evidence and objections to evidence. After deliberating for 3 hours, the jury returned the two-word verdict.

May 2015 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Features
21 | Extending Riley and Wurie: Warrant­less Privacy Intrusions on Location Records of Texas Defendants - By Drew Willey w/ Angela Cameron
26 | Learning the Rules of Evidence the Hard, Slow Way - By Ed & Sara Stapleton
34 | Shifting Burdens of Proof in a Motion to Suppress - By Kyle Therrian
Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Voice for the Defense Volume 44, No. 3 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Supreme Court

The Fifth Circuit erred in holding that a federal habeas petitioner who prevailed in district court must file a separate certificate of appealability to respond to the State’s appeal. Jennings v. Stephens, 135 S. Ct. 793 (2015).

Said & Done New
Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Kudos

TCDLA members W. Alan Bennett and Susan Kelly (also a board member) heard the two-word verdict in a Waco murder trial after nine hours of jury deliberation. A big problem for the state was the testimony of one of its witnesses—a prison inmate serving 50 years for 5 aggravated robberies.

April 2015 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Features
23 | 'If DNA, Then Guilty': Strategies for Overcoming Juror Assumptions About DNA Evidence in Criminal Trials - By Christina T. Kline, Demosthenes Lorandos & Michael Spence
31 | Win Through Emotion, Not Facts! - By John J. Eastland
34 | Jury Trial of Dzhokhar “Johar” Tsarnaev—Day 27 - Judy Clarke opening statement
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Voice for the Defense Volume 44, No. 2 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Said & Done New
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Kudos

Kudos to board member and DWI Resources Chair Mark Thiessen for walking the walk. Mark first tried a 0.16 breath test case in Houston where the client was pulled over for speeding, looked normal on the SFSTs, but was still arrested.

March 2015 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Features
23 | Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Undefinition - By Craig Jett
27 | The Current Legal Landscape of the U.S. Government’s Bulk Collection of Telephone Record Metadata, August 2014 - By Mick Mickelsen
29 | Literature as a Portal into Human Nature for the Defender - By Ed & Sara Stapleton
January/February 2015 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Features
22 | 28th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Seminar: By the Numbers
25 | Cops Are Now Using Body-Worn Cameras: Will You Be Ready at Trial? - By Bryan Wilson
32 | Anxiety and the Trial Lawyer - By Tony Vitz
35 | The Other Hat - By T. W. Davidson
Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Voice for the Defense Volume 44, No. 1 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Supreme Court

Police generally may not without a warrant search information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested. Riley v. California, 134 S. Ct. 2473 (2014).

Said & Done New
Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Kudos

Members of the Strike Force saw action in Comal County, when the DA’s office filed a motion for contempt against Mike Baseluos. Don Flanary and Clay Steadman answered the call (Don has dealt with the office in the past). As a result, the court has abated the contempt action until the trial is concluded.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Voice for the Defense Volume 43, No. 10 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy

Said & Done New
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Kudos to TCDLA board member Jani Maselli Wood, who recently won a battle in the 1st Texas Court of Appeals to knock out two court costs levied against her client. The court deleted a $250 “DNA record fee” on the ground that it was an unconstitutional tax and a $50 “sheriff’s fee” because there was no basis in the record to support it. Congratulations, counselor.

December 2014 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Features
23 | The Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Course - By Chuck Lanehart
27 | DNA Just Is: A Close Look at Article 38.43 - By Sarah Roland
35 | The Five Emotional Stages Your Client’s Family Will Experience When Faced With a Criminal Charge - By Joel Caldwell & Christina Caldwell