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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...

GAMINO, CESAR ALEJANDRO

05/25/2016

"Did the court of appeals err in finding that Respondent admitted to threatening his victim, and thereby admitted to committing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, by testifying he held a gun at his side with the barrel pointed at the ground?" "Did the court of appeals err by relying on l...

GUTIERREZ, RENE

05/25/2016

"Did the court of appeals properly apply either prong of Strickland v. Washington when it affirmed a new trial based on defense counsel's allegedly deficient advice to proceed with an 11-member jury?"

QUEEMAN, ROBERT ALAN

05/25/2016

"Is failing to maintain a safe speed and keep a proper distance the sort of 'unexplained failure' that this Court suggested in Tello v. State, 180 S.W.3d 150 (Tex. Crim. App. 2005), would be unworthy of criminal sanction?" "Did the court of appeals ignore basic rules of sufficiency review when...

THOMAS, CODY LANG

05/25/2016

"What is the proper remedy when the defendant and the State 'charge bargain' for an open plea of guilty to a lesser-included offense and the trial judge imposes an illegal sentence?"

LAKE, RODNEY DIMITRIUS

05/18/2016

"The court of appeals erred in treating the trial court's refusal to allow final argument before revoking Appellant's community supervision as structural error immune from a harmless-error analysis." "The court of appeals' treatment of the trial court's refusal to allow final argument before r...

O’BRIEN, KELVIN LYNN

05/04/2016

"Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that unanimity is not required with respect to the enumerated offenses of theft and money laundering in an engaging in organized criminal activity by commission jury charge."

ARTEAGA, ROBERT MICHAEL

04/27/2016

"When a statute, Sec. 22.0[1]1(f), Tex. Penal Code Ann. (2011)(sexual assault), creates an element of the offense by citing specifically to another penal statute, Sec. 25.01, Tex. Penal Code Ann. (2001) (bigamy), is it proper to ignore the cited statute and permit conviction based on wholly unrel...

PENRIGHT, CARLTON CHARLES

04/27/2016

"The Court of Appeals' decision that the consolidated court cost was constitutional failed to explain how the comprehensive rehabilitation fee is a legitimate criminal justice purpose."