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DELACRUZ, GEORGE

07/26/2017

1. “In a murder case, where there is no body, no direct evidence of a death and no direct evidence to show that Petitioner acted either intentionally or knowingly in causing the alleged victim’s death or acted with intent to cause serious bodily injury and committed an act clearly dangerous to hu...

NISBETT, REX ALLEN

07/26/2017

1. “In the absence of a body, must the State prove the ‘fatal act of violence’ in order to convict someone of murder?” 2. “The court of appeals reviewed both the evidence and the elements of the offense in sequential, piecemeal fashion rather than cumulatively, and failed to respect the jury’s p...

OLIVA, JOSE

07/26/2017

“In DWI-second-offender cases, is a prior DWI conviction an offense element or a punishment enhancement?”

MARTINEZ, ROGER

07/26/2017

1. “The Court of Appeals erroneously decided an important question of state law in a way that conflicts with the applicable decisions of the Court of Criminal Appeals, by finding that the knowledge of supporting officers cannot be used to establish probable cause.” 2. “The Court of Appeals faile...

MENDEZ, ADRIAN

06/28/2017

“The court of appeals erred by holding that there was charge error, even though the appellant never objected to or requested that the jury charge include a defensive issue of self-defense instruction to the defensive issue of the lesser-included offense.”

EX PARTE MACIAS, HECTOR

06/28/2017

“The Eighth Court’s holding that rule 25.2(g)’s jurisdictional bar does not apply to deprive a trial court of jurisdiction pending issuance of the mandate on a State’s interlocutory appeal–the basis of the Eighth Court’s ultimate conclusion that Macias’s premandate trial was improperly terminated...

CARSON, GARY

06/28/2017

1. “Is a waiver of the right to appeal following a plea of guilty without a recommended sentence invalid because the defendant could not know that an error would occur at the punishment phase?” 2. “Is the State’s waiver of its right to a jury trial adequate consideration to uphold a defendant’s ...

GONZALEZ, JUAN ANTONIO

06/28/2017

1. “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 bea...