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OSPA Offers Practically Free Traffic-Stop Training for Rural Law Enforcement

Assistant State Prosecuting Attorney John R. Messinger will conduct a 4-hour presentation covering 4th Amendment issues with a focus on traffic stops. Read more...

HUDGINS, COBY RAY

05/24/2017

"Is it error to declare trial counsel ineffective for failing to investigate and present evidence when, at the motion for new trial hearing, Appellant presented no evidence demonstrating that the investigation and additional evidence would have been beneficial?"

GONZALEZ, JUAN ANTONIO

05/17/2017

"The Eighth Court erred in holding that evidence that Gonzalez had consumed ecstasy on the day of the murder was irrelevant to his state of mind and self-defense claim because the State failed to introduce evidence of the drug's half-life or the length of its effects, and that, despite any bear...

CORTEZ, JOSE LUIS

05/03/2017

"Does the improved shoulder of a highway begin at the inside edge of the 'fog line,' the outside edge, or somewhere in between?"

RITCHERSON, KAITLYN

05/03/2017

"The court of appeals failed to apply this Court's decision in Saunders v. State, 840 S.W.2d 390 (Tex.Cr.App. 1992) in determining that petitioner was not entitled to a lesser-included charge on manslaughter when the jury could reasonably have interpreted petitioner's mens rea as recklessness abo...

HERNANDEZ, GEOVANY

03/29/2017

"Does the improved shoulder of a road include the 'fog line?'" "Alternatively, because the issue whether the improved shoulder includes the 'fog line' is unsettled, is there reasonable suspicion of a violation of driving on the improved shoulder when a driver drives on the 'fog line' but does ...

HERNANDEZ, LUIS MIGUEL

03/08/2017

"Is the 'right' not to be subjected to improper jury argument forfeitable?" "Is there a word so inflammatory that its mere mention in closing arguments incurably taints the entire trial?"

BECK, CLINTON DAVID

02/15/2017

"The Court of Appeals held that Mr. Beck had forfeited his right to challenge on habeas review the constitutionality of Texas Penal Code Section 21.12(a)(3), the statute of conviction, because he did not raise the issue at trial or on appeal. In dicta, the lower court implied that if the issue ha...

HERNANDEZ, TEODORO

02/01/2017

"Is the evidence sufficient to prove aggravated assault with a deadly weapon when the State proves the offense alleged in the indictment, but there is a variance between the pleadings and proof as to the specific deadly weapon?" "If, in the course of single criminal episode, Appellant assaults...