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Blog Posts in 2013

  • Why the Mock Immigration Sting at UT Takes the Thoughtful Out of "Thoughtful Discussion"

    Your Facebook newsfeed may have lit up last week after the Texas Tribune reported on a controversial event at UT Austin. The event was planned by the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) and offered students a $25 gift card if they could “catch” any one of a group of students wearing labels marked “illegal immigrant.” According to the Tribune’s report, the group had hoped to use the event to “spark ...
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  • Court-Appointed Counsel vs. Public Defenders

    If you’ve seen a police drama in the last thirty years, then you’re probably familiar with your “Miranda” rights. Those rights were outlined in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case from which they got their name. In Miranda v. Arizona , the Supreme Court held that the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination requires law enforcement officers to advise suspects of their right to ...
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  • Have An Invention But Don't Know What To Do?

    Many of us think of making it big and never working another day. However, the reality is that the majority of us will work into our golden years. Ron Reardon, a patent agent was quoted saying that, the odds of making money from an invention aren't good- 1 in 100, 1 in 1000, I'm not sure- but they are better than the lottery." In the words of LLOYD, " SO YOU'RE SAYING THERE IS A CHANCE?" Of course ...
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  • Why Saying "LOL, JK" Will Not Always Save You...

    You may have caught this story on the local news recently. Justin Carter , an 18 year old male from New Braunfels, Texas, was engaging in a heated discussion on Facebook. After a friend called him crazy, he unwisely posted that he was going to “shoot up a kindergarten, watch the blood rain down and eat the beating heart out of one of them.” Carter’s poor choice of words went well beyond ...
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  • Do You Ever Feel Like Somebody's Watching You?

    Will the Eyes of Texas Drones be Upon You? A Closer Look at the Texas Privacy Act Have you ever wondered what Rockwell was singing about in the song, “Somebody is Watching Me? ”. I think Mr. Gordy had insight to the governments future spying issues. OK, maybe he had no clue. But I think he was on to something when he said, ”I always feel like somebody’s watching me, and I have no privacy .” At any ...
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  • Gideon's Army: A Film Representing Criminal Defenders

    The television personas we see representing attorneys are not reality, and the idea that every attorney is sporting a Rolex is farfetched. Movies provide a glimpse of what may be real, but the truth is most attorneys are overworked and underpaid. Movie plots are pretty much like all attorneys- “a dime a dozen.” An attorney, like everyone else, is chasing a dream. A dream that few seldom achieve. A ...
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  • Children Arrested in School- The Fallout

    Tackling Texas’ School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Closer Look at Senate Bill 393 This year, the State legislature decided to tackle one of the most alarming developments in Texas public schools: the so-called, school to prison pipeline. The term describes a trend in schools all over the state in which students are charged with criminal offenses for behavioral issues that could be dealt with outside of ...
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  • Extra, Extra, Read All About It...

    We have gathered a list of new changes that went into effect beginning September 1, 2013. Take a look and check if any of these changes have an immediate impact on your day to day routine. New Texas Laws Affecting You To all those women or men that love to get spray tanned, please leave your underage children at home. I personally find spray tans weird, but beauty is in the eye of the sprayed… I ...
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  • With Red Light Cameras, Awareness Makes a Huge Difference

    San Antonio drivers are becoming increasingly aware that red light cameras are things to avoid. But there are many questions about what red light cameras look like, and why red light cameras exist that remain unanswered. For example, do red light cameras really make drivers safer, or are they just a way for cities to get more money? There are no clear answers to these questions, but knowing a ...
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  • Why Miley Cyrus Can "Sing What She Wants." Simple- The First Amendment.

    Our First Amendment Right gives all of us a right to express ourselves and to express ourselves without the government sticking their nose in our business. This is what the First Amendment is all about. In fact, the rap group N.W.A. sang about it in their 1988 video . If "the man" interferes with this First Amendment Right, then "he" better justify it. By now you are either thinking that this is ...
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  • Need for Transparency Surrounding Das Pretrial Diversion Program

    In June 2013, District Attorney Susan Reed openly discussed the possibility of implementing a pretrial diversion program in Bexar County. While most major cities in Texas already have such programs in place, the Bexar County program would be the first of its kind. Pretrial diversion programs offer defendants the possibility of having their cases dismissed. Unfortunately, more attention has been ...
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  • Contempt Or Not, That Is The Question?

    In October of 2012, I had a criminal trial in a County in Texas. Back then, my only exposure to contempt was My Cousin Vinny . I didn't fully understand the Texas rules of contempt, until I was dealing with it for myself. Let me give you a little background. The October trial was a heated trial against the County's District Attorneys Office. During this trial, the Assistant District Attorney's ...
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