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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...

ROSS, DAI’VONTE

01/24/2018

(1) “Does an information that tracks the language of section 42.01(a)(8) provide a defendant sufficient notice that he displayed a firearm in a manner calculated to alarm?” (2) “Did the court of appeals err by applying a First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rule to a Sixth Amendment complain...

CHAMBERS, JOHN

01/10/2018

1. “The Appellate Court Improperly Reviewed the Legal Sufficiency of the Evidence Against Chambers pursuant to § 37.10 of the Texas Penal Code when it Refused to Acknowledge that the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement was Acting in Contravention of its Legal Authority.” 2. “This Court Should Su...

WOOD, CYNTHIA

01/10/2018

“The lower court erred in holding that an indictment for criminal attempt is fundamentally defective when it does not allege the constituent elements of the underlying offense attempted.”

MARTINEZ, ANDREY

“Are misstatements during a plea colloquy that a defendant’s sentences could be stacked enough to render a defendant’s plea involuntary without any record of what the defendant knew and why he pleaded guilty?”

SMITH, JOSEPH ANTHONY

12/13/2017

1. “The court of appeals employed the wrong analysis, when reviewing the record to determine whether ‘voluntary intoxication’ instruction was an error to include in Appellant’s punishment – phase jury charge.” 2. “The inclusion of an 8.04(a) instruction at punishment violates the Due Process Cla...

TRAYLOR, PETER ANTHONY

12/13/2017

1. “Has the court of appeals misapplied Blueford v. Arkansas by holding that two jury notes indicating the jury deadlocked on a lesser-included offense amount to an informal verdict of acquittal on the charged offense?” 2. “Do mere jury notes regarding a deadlock on a lesser-charge contain suffi...

BRAUGHTON, CHRISTOPHER, JR.

12/06/2017

1. “What is the standard of review for evaluating a claim of legally insufficient evidence on the State’s non-evidentiary burden of persuasion in a claim of self-defense/defense of others?”  2. “Whether the intermediate-appellate court erred when it determined that the State met its non-evidentia...

THOMAS, KEITHRICK

11/22/2017

“Has a Fourth Amendment violation occurred, where a police officer approaches a vehicle passenger, after the passenger has exited the vehicle, and conducts a warrantless search of the passenger’s pockets, in the driveway of the passenger’s house?”