austindefender

Criminal defense in Austin Texas.

“We close at 5:00”

| January 31, 2010

Judge Berchelmann issued his findings the other day in the ethics complaint against Judge Keller.  (This is the case where Keller stopped Michael Richard’s lawyers from filing a last-minute appeal to stop his execution: “We close at 5:00,” she said.) He says Judge Keller is mostly blameless.  Instead, he finds fault with Richard’s lawyers.  “TDS […]

Thoughts on Citizens United v. Election Commission

| January 27, 2010

I’m not sure Citizens United is the disaster some have it out to be. I don’t think we’re  about to experience the end of democracy, or see Ronald McDonald in the White House. I’m also not sure it’s wrong – in fact, I think it’s correct. Descriptions of Citizens United in the media have been […]

DNA Testing

| January 5, 2010

DNA is often considered definitive proof in criminal cases. In “Calculated Risk” Gerd Gigerenzer reminds us it may not be as reliable as people think it is. The expert witness testifies that there are about 10 million men who could have been the perpetrator.  The probability of a randomly selected man having a DNA profile, […]

Glass Half Full

| January 4, 2010

Grits is always interesting.  I thought this bit was especially  noteworthy:   According to the Office of Court Administration, the Court of Criminal Appeals is less than indiscriminate when it comes to overturning decisions of the lower courts.  Austin decisions came in for special attention 35.5% of the time.  By way of comparison, Dallas decisions merited […]