austindefender

Criminal defense in Austin Texas.

Baird — In The News (Again)

| December 1, 2010

The Statesman has a (surprisingly) fair article on Judge Charlie Baird. In Travis County, where judges release more defendants on personal recognizance, or PR, bonds than any of the five most populous counties in Texas, Baird stands apart from his peers for regularly giving the jail release to defendants charged with the most serious crimes… […]

Occupational Licenses and DPS Surcharges

| December 1, 2010

Grits for Breakfast has news that at least one appeals court here in Texas has shot down DPS’s argument that people whose licenses are suspended for failure to pay surcharge are ineligible for an occupational license. Their reasoning is pretty straight-forward: the statute says anyone whose license has been suspended for a reason other than […]

Bullying

| November 30, 2010

Mirriam Seddiq posted the other day about bullying. She said, “I am decidedly against school turning my kids into giant weenies who won’t know how to stand up for themselves,” and “I was never bullied so I don’t know what it feels like. My parents always told me that if someone tried to do something […]

More Homeland Security

| November 17, 2010

This was worth watching: And this was worth reading: The Things He Carried

What Lawyers Do

| August 16, 2010

What Defense Lawyers Do: By requiring the state to prove its case and helping defendants understand their options in the criminal justice system, defense attorneys can help ensure that the state doesn’t send innocent people to jail and that individuals who commit criminal offenses receive appropriate sentences that punish without leading to unnecessary prison and […]

Arizona’s Anti-Immigration Bill

| August 2, 2010

SB 1070 A. NO OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR 17 OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY ADOPT A POLICY THAT LIMITS OR 18 RESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS THAN THE FULL 19 EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW. Not sure what this means.  I’m […]

I’d Be Angry Too

| March 30, 2010

I wonder if this is what she imagined her wedding would be like? Hutaree wedding – link.

Right-wing nutjobs in the news

| March 30, 2010

So this doesn’t really have anything to do with the law, but Jesus, what a bunch of goobers: Don’t get me wrong: the last thing anyone wants, I think, is a bunch of Jesus-freaks playing dress-up games with live ammo.  But it’s also sad, in a funny way.  I mean, how did these people think […]

Sexting

| March 23, 2010

A federal court last week said a teenage girl couldn’t be prosecuted on child pornography charges, after naked pictures of her turned up on the cell phones of her classmates. According to the ABA Journal, the appellate court said there was “no evidence the girl had been involved in the distribution of the photo.” “As […]

Law Degree For Sale

| March 2, 2010