This post looks at the 2004 appellate victory in the Andrea Yates case that allowed for her 2006 retrial and not guilty by reason of insanity verdict.
This post looks into the procedural and practical requirements to effectively expand the appelalte record through a motion for new trial.
The right to appeal is important to ensure fair trials across the United States. This blog breaks down the direct appeal process in the State of Texas, and provides strategies for certain key moments in the appellate process.
Brian T. Hobson changed the law surrounding the 4th Amendment as it relates to searching passengers in a vehicle stopped by law enforcement. The First Court of Appeals ruled a passenger cannot be searched solely on the presence of a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. This blog breaks down the court’s decision, and the resulting change in the law.
This post shows an interview on ABC News following Wendell Odom’s not guilty by reason of insanity verdict in the Andrea Yates case.
A criminal defendant’s right to a speedy trial in the state of Texas is governed by the Supreme Court’s decision in Barker v. Wingo. Texas case law makes it imperative that lawyer’s take appropriate steps to preserve this right throughout the criminal process. This blog post examines the state of the speedy trial right in Texas, and the case law that details its scope.