Friends or the Government?

You know that old saying: keep your friends close and your social media friends even closer! Well that’s the new twist on the old saying. Did you know that the police, the government, can create fake social media accounts and “friend” you? They can.¬†And they do. They can use your own social media against you. … Read more

Tough Justice vs Right to be Let Alone

For decades now, Texas and in particular Harris County has held the mantra “tough on crime”. Political candidates have built their foundation on being tough on crime. It even sounds good to most voters. Who doesn’t want murderers and rapists in prison? But what has it gotten us? At what cost? No, this is not … Read more

Top Honors in Houston

We have been chosen as Top Lawyers this year by Houstonia magazine! Earl Musick and JoAnne Musick have both been named to the Top Lawyers 2014 list! See the complete list here: http://www.houstoniamag.com/lists/top-lawyers and select Criminal Defense

Innocent Convictions

Why Would an Innocent Individual Ever Be Convicted of a Crime They Did Not Commit? Though our system of justice is based on English Jurist William Blackstone’s premise, “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer“, far too often we learn about exonerations of innocent persons who suffered convictions for … Read more

Advanced Techniques or Psychodrama

Having just returned from 5 days, 4 nights of “CLE” (continuing legal education), I am drained! Never before has CLE resulted in such an emotional toil. Seems incredibly strange. Interestingly, much of what I saw and learned was very familiar. It’s the way I instinctively try cases anyway. I’m not quite sure where that instinct … Read more

legal lies

Facebook: Like it or Leave it, but make no mistake about it law enforcement uses it as tool to probe into your information. And I like that Facebook is telling them to stop using their service to lie! The DEA (drug enforcement agency) creates fake profiles as part of ongoing investigations. And Facebook’s chief security … Read more

Innocent UNLESS Proven Guilty

Listening to Anthony Graves today at the HCCLA Winning Warriors Defender Trial Tactics CLE, I couldn’t help keying on many things he said, one of which was “it shouldn’t be innocent until proven guilty, but rather innocent unless proven guilty.” He was talking about the presumption of innocence and how it truly doesn’t apply (most … Read more

nolle prosequi

nolle prosequi (no-lay pro-say-kwee) n. Latin for “we shall no longer prosecute,” which is a declaration made to the judge by a prosecutor in a criminal case either before or during trial, meaning the case against the defendant is being dropped. The statement is an admission that the charges cannot be proved, that evidence has … Read more

Board Certified: does it matter?

You may be wondering if you need a “board certified” attorney. Honestly, you may not “need” one, but it sure is nice to have one whenever possible. Board certified attorneys are specialists in particular areas of the law. Law school prepares lawyers in a broad range of topics and thinking. Law school creates a general … Read more