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Cheetos and Goldfish For Texas Too (…Someday)

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:50:55 +0000

  The ballot title and submission clause numbered Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution asked: Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, providing for the regulation of marijuana; permitting a person twenty-one years of age or older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana; providing for... Continue Reading…



The Way To A Judge’s Heart Is Through His Stomach

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:45:20 +0000

Further deepening my growing suspicions that life may best be described as a series of random events comes this news via Discover Magazine, “Justice is served, but more so after lunch: how food-breaks sway the decisions of judges”. Yeah, that’s right, food breaks. A Ben Gurion University researcher tracked over 1000 parole hearings over a ten... Continue Reading…



If By Whiskey Marijuana…

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:20:24 +0000

William Safire popularized the phrase “if by whiskey…” in his columns, and defined it in his Political Dictionary as, “Taking both sides of an issue; equivocating; a political straddle”. The term originates from a speech given by Soggy Sweat, a 1950s Mississippi legislator, master of irony, and a real character to boot: My friends, I had... Continue Reading…



It’s Beginning To Taste A Lot Like Christmas

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 07:15:56 +0000

A client brought a nice Xmas gift to my office this week.  Tamales.  Delicious tamales.  Homemade.  But wait, it gets better than that… Delicious homemade tamales… made by his mother.  Merry Christmas to me. And Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Continue Reading…



At Least He Wasn’t Tweeting For Clients

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:23:00 +0000

Jeffrey Partlow’s apparent lack of a law license hasn’t kept him out of the legal representation business over the last nine years: A Dallas man arrested on suspicion of showing up to court intoxicated is now also accused of practicing law without a license. Judge Andrew Bench summoned deputies to his Hunt County courtroom on... Continue Reading…



Identifying Likely State’s Preemptory Challenges

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 13:33:14 +0000

I use one of the world’s most complicated and sophisticated voir dire note taking systems, consisting in no small part of adding plus and minus marks in each venire person’s allotted space on my sheets, and sometimes adding short annotations.  It can be from something on the juror sheets, or something they say in voir dire. ... Continue Reading…



When Mrs. ACDL Gets Pulled Over

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:39:18 +0000

So, I get a text this morning walking out of my office on the way to court. Here’s the full exchange: Got pulled over Cop has my DL in his car                                 OK. It’s fine They can’t get me for an unpaid parking ticket can they?                                 No Not why he stopped me but just worried There... Continue Reading…



No Curlicue Necessary

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:11:33 +0000

“Comedy has to be based on the truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue on the end.” – Sid Caesar.  At 2:18 in silly video number 2, the pretrial hearing, comes one of the exchanges that actually made me lol: Officer: His hands were shaking. Based on my experience and training he was sweating... Continue Reading…



Based On My Experience And Training

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:15:36 +0000

Loads of extranormal prosecution and defense lawyer comic videos going viral. The generic Why You Shouldn’t Go To Law School was followed by D.A. Confidential’s Window Into Plea Negotiations and In Defense of Defense Attorneys. Now, with a hat tip to lawyer extraordinaire Troy McKinney for putting it on the Texas Defense Lawyer listserv, come these new... Continue Reading…



She’s Going Back To Cali, To Cali…

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 09:46:18 +0000

So, she made a note on today’s calendar: California votes on Prop 19 today. Again with the hmmmmmmmmm.  Continue Reading…