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Letting Federal Judges Do Just That

For many who encounter the federal criminal justice system, the United States Sentencing Guidelines may seem like the byzantine bane of a defendant's existence. Learning how to navigate them, the ...
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"The Bail Trap" Part 2

For anyone interested in issues including and beyond bail at the Harris County Jail, The Atlantic has published a new piece Harris County Jails Prove Impervious to Reform. This is, in my opinion, spot ...
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The BP Prosecutions - Results So Far

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster led to a number of corporate and individual indictments that may have left few happy. One executive was acqutted earlier this year. Another defendant, Kurt Mix, ...
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"The Bail Trap"

The New York Times this week published The Bail Trap about how many misdemeanor defendants plea guilty to crimes they did not commit to get out of jail because they cannot afford bail rather than go ...
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Disputed Diagnosis

Shaken Baby Syndrome is one of the leading current areas of contention in the war over junk science in the courtroom. The Washington Post is publishing a series about the controversey including ...
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Courting Prayer

Before I begin trials I read the 19th Psalm - alone, in private, and out loud. It is a song about taking our proper place in something much greater than our imperfect selves. It's a prayer, and ...
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The Jack Ruby Trial: A Teaching Moment

There was only one criminal trial in Texas related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jr, the trial of Lee Harvey Oswald killer Jack Ruby. And for the people of Dallas who wanted to ...
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"Badges, We Don't Need No Stinking Badges"

So what do Eagle Scout criminal trial lawyers do when waiting outside a local federal courtroom where the judge has his own merit badge sash on the wall? Compare merit badges. Surprisingly - none of ...
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There's No "I Was Watching the Texans" Defense to DWI

If you feel like the Houston Texans are driving you to drink - and drive- you should be aware that is no defense in Court. While police, prosecutors, and potential jurors may feel sympathetic to your ...
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How Much Does a DWI Cost?

The number one question asked by those accused of Driving While Intoxicated in Texas is "How Much is this going to cost me?" Depending on the persons criminal record, the jurisdiction, and ...
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The End of Speeding Tickets and More

According to reports, speeding tickets may be a thing of the past in Europe as the E.U. may require cars to electronically detect speed limits and prevent cars from going over them. This blog has ...
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Dockets, Discovery, and Delays

One of the most frustrating aspects of the local criminal justice system for Defendants is showing up for court setting after court setting when nothing appears to be getting done. This is a ...
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Destination Unknown?

One of my earliest posts on this blog was about knowing when you've won. However, if you don't know how you want something to end, then you don't know how to begin - and neither may your ...
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Common Sense Is Often the Best Defense

A colleague of mine likes to explain the law of possession to potential jurors in drug trials by relating an experience he had in college in hopes they might ultimately use their own life experience ...
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Google Will Drive Down Crime

Driverless cars are coming and, according to the AP, that foretells the end of millions of jobs for people who drive for a living and even Paul Krugman is impressed. It also means the end of ...
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Corporate Genesis of the Painkiller Abuse Epidemic?

I would guess that most criminal defense lawyers in America have handled a case or twelve related to the growing epidemic of the abuse of prescription pain killers - whether for possession, ...
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Even a Little Family Violence Goes a Long Way

I frequently receive calls from fellow Texans who have successfully completed a Deferred Adjudication for a Class A Misdemeanor Assault on a family member. They want to know two things - can they buy ...
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Hope for Domestic Violence Suspect

Former Dancing With the Stars contestant and U.S. Soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo's fiancee Jerramy Stevens was arrested the day before their wedding for suspicion of assaulting her, but was later ...
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The First Court Date - What to Expect

Once the initial shock of arrest and pre-trial release wears off, many people accused of a crime in Harris County will look at the handful of papers given to them upon their release from jail and ...
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"Presumed Innocent Until Proven Broke" (Updated)

Houston lawyer, Ron Mock, is known to remark that in the criminal justice system "you're presumed innocent until proven broke," which I've always interpreted to mean that it's ...
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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait (Updated)

A good result in a criminal case typically doesn't come quickly in Harris County. While there may be a number of con-artists and charlatans who promise that their connections or charm can result ...
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Secretary Gates' Sage Advice

According to reports about a new David Sanger book on the current White House's foreign policy, then Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, frustrated with the Administration's initial revelations of ...
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Collateral Damage - Family & Friends of the Accused

This past weekend news outlets nationwide and as far away as Britain reported that a wealthy Dallas socialite was recently charged with possession and distribution of child pornography by federal ...
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Convicted War Criminal Sentenced Like Common Drug Dealer

Charles Taylor, the 22 nd President of the Republic of Liberia and convicted war criminal, was sentenced to fifty years imprisonment by an international criminal tribunal in The Hague last week for ...
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Do Harris County Judges Want Crack Pipe Cases Back?

For all the ballyhoo in both primary races (yes, there are two) to be the next Harris County District Attorney about so-called "trace," "residue," or "crack-pipe" cases, ...
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