“According to the plain text of Article 39.14, criminal defendants now have a general statutory right to discovery in Texas beyond the guarantees of due process.” Watkins v. State, 619 S.W.3d 265 (Tex. Crim. App. March 3, 2021) Just four months before this seminar, our Court of Criminal Appeals fully gave teeth to the Michael…

The only crime eligible to be labeled “Capital” is murder. Technically there is no “Capital” label but rather Texas Penal Code Section 19.03 is entitled, “Capital Murder.” Think of Capital Murder as Murder, as defined under Penal Code Section 19.02(b)(1) plus one of the 10 below factors which then makes it Capital. It is important…

“Cross-examination is the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth. You can do anything with a bayonet except sit on it. A lawyer can do anything with cross-examination if he is skillful enough not to impale his own cause upon it.”—John Henry Wigmore WARNING for the reader The methods in this paper…

This week, Travis County Commissioners and the Travis County DA, met for a press conference to say that “Survivors” of sexual assault will be believed. Now, just like many things these days, no one defined what a “survivor” of sexual assault is–but it appears to be anyone who claims they were sexually assaulted. That’s it….

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