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Criminal defense in Austin Texas.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

| May 22, 2009

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately researching a writ, and I’ve had the unfortunate experience of reading more than my fair share of Court of Criminal Appeals decisions. In Ex parte Kinnett, for example, a guy dumped his meth in the toilet.  The cops scooped the water out, weighed it, and used the […]

Lady Godiva

| May 6, 2009

I was doing some research for a writ, when I came across a painting of the Lady Godiva, whose story, I realized, I didn’t know.  The Lady Godiva, it turns out, was the young wife of the 11th century Earl of Mercia, who had imposed a cruel tax on his people. When the townsfolk brought […]

Standard Operating Procedure

| May 4, 2009

I recommend Standard Operating Procedure.  It’s a doc from a couple of years ago on the Abu Ghraib fiasco. One of the most… poignant moments was when Sabrina was talking about how she’d been charged with “degrading a corpse” for taking a picture of it.  Ultimately, she said, the charge was dropped, because they didn’t […]