Stories from TCDLA
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
Voice for the Defense Volume 41, No. 4 Edition
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)
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.
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
Voice for the Defense Volume 41, No. 3 Edition
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)
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.
22 | Sufficiency Review in Texas Criminal Cases: Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here - By Johnathan Ball
29 | Falsely Elevated Ethanol Results Using Hospital Enzymatic Assay Blood Testing - By Mark Thiessen
32 | 2012 TCDLA Long-Range Planning Committee
37 | Reprieve - By Kate Morris
Voice for the Defense Volume 41, No. 2 Edition
The Court unanimously rejected the comparable-grounds approach to determining whether a noncitizen convicted of a crime and facing deportation or removal can obtain relief under former Immigration and Nationality Act § 212(c). Judulang v. Holder, 132 S. Ct. 476 (2011)
Leonard Martinez, Travis Williamson, and Jerry Howith recently secured a “not guilty” verdict in Travis County in a continuous sexual assault of a child case. Before Martinez, Williamson, and Howith became involved, the case had been set for trial. The civil lawyer who was working on the case recognized the need for expert assistance and retained the new trial team.
ARTICLE VII—BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sec. 4 Procedures
a. The Board of Directors may act by telephone, by email, or any other method approved by the Executive Committee.
b. Internet Voting
19 | Proposed Bylaws Changes - By Adam Kobs, Bylaws Chair
22 | War Stories: Mitigation for Clients Who Are Veterans - By Major Christopher E. Martin
27 | Born Not Raised: Voices From Juvenile Hall - Excerpts from the book by Susan Madden Lankford
Voice for the Defense Volume 41, No. 1 Edition
The police failure to give Dixon his Miranda rights during the forgery interrogation was acceptable because his later confession to murder was properly warned and voluntary. Bobby v. Dixon, No. 10-1540 (U.S. Nov. 7, 2011)
Last summer Martin Zimmerman of New Braunfels was appointed to represent a gentleman on a number of old retaliation, harassment, and bond-jumping charges. It was clear that the charges were nothing more than both the local constabulary and the client’s own family’s trying to rid themselves of a problem.
19 | Get Ready to Tighten Your Belts - By Jeanette Kinard
22 | Letter to TCDLA Membership - By Lydia Clay-Jackson
24 | Expert Punishment Testimony in a Sex Trial - By Matthew L. Ferrara
35 | The Anatomy of the Attorney-Client Relationship - By Kerry Max Cook
Subject: Reporting Pro Bono Hours: It’s Easy & Fun—Really!
We are asking all criminal defense attorneys to please report your pro bono hours—yes, criminal defense lawyers can and should report! It’s easy and—here’s the fun and heartwarming part—it helps efforts to secure funding for indigent defense and civil legal service providers. Really!
Why is it so important to report my pro bono hours?
John Boundy obtained a not guilty verdict on a sexual assault case in Nacogdoches County. His client had been involved romantically with the complaining witness and she had a child she claimed was his. Boundy’s investigation revealed phone records that contradicted the complaining witnesses’ claims. There was no forensic evidence of sexual assault.