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October 2012 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Features
20 | SANE Examinations Are Testimonial and Are Subject to Confrontation - By Johnathan Ball
29 | Undermining the Breath Test: Building the Disconnect Defense - By Mark Thiessen
34 | A Client Contract Agreement - By Edward Mallett
36 | Do You Know What You Don’t Know? - By L. T. “Butch” Bradt & Leonard Martinez
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Voice for the Defense Volume 41, No. 7 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy, Chris Cheatham

Supreme Court

Though the jury foreperson reported “not guilty” votes on the capital and first-degree murder charges, D could be retried on all charges. Blueford v. Arkansas, 132 S. Ct. 2044 (2012).

Said & Done
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Kudos

Mark Griffith and Monica Bishop, of Griffith and Associates, won the dismissal of a sexual assault case for their client, an 18-year-old who had been a Harvard student when the allegations were made. After the arrest, he lost his full-ride scholarship and was prevented from participating in his full senior year.

September 2012 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Features
21 | Portable Breath Testers: A Potentially Dangerous Non-Specific and Non-Selective Measure at Roadside - By Justin J. McShane & Josh D. Lee
28 | Representing the Traumatized Client: the Case, the Client, and You - By Abby Anna Batko-Taylor & Melissa L. Shearer
Friday, September 7th, 2012

Voice for the Defense Volume 41, No. 6 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy, Chris Cheatham

Supreme Court

In the Torture Victim Protection Act, “individual” encompasses only natural persons; the Act does not impose liability against organizations. Mohamad v. Palestinian Auth., 132 S. Ct. 1702 (2012).

Fourth of July Readings #1
Thursday, September 6th, 2012
The 25th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course: By the Numbers
Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The feedback we receive for every seminar is carefully assembled so that it may be reviewed, with an eye to improving the next seminar. Some concerns raised, however, are outside of our ability to correct.

Said & Done
Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Kudos

Thad Davidson and Norman Ladd were rewarded for outstanding efforts by a “not guilty” verdict in a Rusk County retaliation case. A woman who was taking pictures of their client’s son’s birthday party had an altercation with the client and called 911. The SO dispatched Deputy Reynolds, who arrived at the scene traveling at over 100 miles per hour.

July/August 2012 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Features
20 | The 25th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course: By the Numbers
22 | Pictures from the Fourth of July Reading of the Declaration of Independence
28 | Storytelling Closing Arguments - By Tyrone Moncriffe & Mark Thiessen
Friday, June 29th, 2012

Voice for the Defense Volume 41, No. 5 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy, Chris Cheatham

Supreme Court

D’s fair trial did not preclude prejudice from counsel’s ineffective assistance. Lafler v. Cooper, 132 S. Ct. 1376 (2012)

Said & Done
Friday, June 29th, 2012

Kudos

Congratulations to Clint Broden and Dustin Howell. The Texas Supreme Court granted their now-adult client a new disposition hearing. The client, as a juvenile, was adjudicated for sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 20 years in 1999.

June 2012 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Friday, June 29th, 2012
Features
20 | Pictures from the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar - By Tracy Casares
26 | Breath Testing in Texas: A New Paradigm | Standard Operating Guidelines for Technical Supervisors: A Good Start - By W. Troy McKinney
36 | The Most Powerful State Agency You’ve Never Heard Of - By James Zier
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Voice for the Defense Volume 41, No. 4 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy, Chris Cheatham

Supreme Court

Offenses relating to a false tax return in which the Government’s loss exceeds $10,000 qualify as aggravated felonies for aliens’ deportation. Kawashima v. Holder, 132 S. Ct. 1166 (2012)

Said & Done
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Kudos

  Randal Lee recently persuaded a Bowie County jury to acquit his client of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. The State’s theory was that Randal’s client was the ring leader of a home invasion that resulted in the robbery and sexual assault. A co-defendant had confessed and implicated Randal’s client, and a “friend” of the accused purportedly heard him confess.

May 2012 Complete Issue - PDF Download
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
Features
20 | The Plea Strategy: How to Persuade Your Capital Client That Resolving the Case with a Plea Is in His Best Interests - By Kathryn M. Kase
27 | Introduction to the Office of Capital Writs - By Brad D. Levenson
29 | Preparing for Sentencing with Character Witnesses - By Wes Volberding
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Voice for the Defense Volume 41, No. 3 Edition

Editors: Tim Crooks, Kathleen Nacozy, Chris Cheatham

Supreme Court

Petitioner police officers did not violate the Fourth Amendment by entering respondent parents’ home without a warrant; the circumstances led the officers to believe that there could have been weapons inside the house. Ryburn v. Huff, 132 S. Ct. 987 (2012)

2012 TCDLA Long- Range Planning Committee
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

TCDLA Long Range Planning Committee Members:
Sam Bassett (Chair), Gary Trichter, Bobby Lerma, William Harris, Rick Hagen, John Convery, David Moore, Grant Scheiner, Philip Wischkaemper, Michael Gross, Constance Luedicke

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

2012 Texas Criminal Trial College Faculty

Deans

Lydia Clay-Jackson, Conroe
Tim Evans, Fort Worth

Faculty

Said & Done
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Kudos

On March 8, 2012, two third-year law student attorneys, Karla Valles and Mary Porter, tried a 0.12 DWI breath test case to a jury. The student attorneys were working through the Caprock Regional Public Defender Office, overseen by Donnie Yandell. They were supervised at trial by Assistant PD Charlie Pelowski. The student attorneys got a two-word verdict after less than one hour of deliberations.