K-9 Training

CIVIL SUITS A sergeant who used to work for me asked if I could come to the HCSO Academy and give a class on K-9 legal issues. I prepared for search and seizure issues but when I got out there, I saw the class was titled “K-9 Civil Liabilities.” I had recently defended a case … Read more

Error to display MADD plaque

Today, in an interesting opinion regarding the refusal of PDR, Judge Cathy Cochran notes the error of a judge displaying a MADD (mother’s against drunk drivers) plaque during a DWI trial.  Simpson v. State  (PDR is the acronym for “petition for discretionary review.” Refusal of PDR indicates the high court has refused to hear the … Read more

Fair Justice

I’ve said it a hundred times: education is key. Know your candidates and be an educated voter. But also know the roles of those you are electing. Judges are here to follow the law, be fair and impartial, and provide an equal playing field for those appearing in their court. They are not here to … Read more

49.04 + 37.09 = NOLLE; Police Video Exploits

On July 23, 2011, C.O. was arrested for DWI by Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Aulds. According to the report, Deputy Aulds received a call about a Chevy Silverado following an intoxicated driver westbound on Gulf Pump Road. The call slip said the Toyota had run off the road three or four times.[1] At 02:08 … Read more