Blog Posts in 2012

  • A Brief Look at Jay-Z's "99 Problems" - Texas Style

    Jay-Z is one of the most influential artists of the past 20 years. As a rap artist, his social and political influence is unrivaled. As a producer, rapper, entrepreneur, actor and philanthropist his success transcends international boundaries. His net worth is said to be in upwards of $450 million. However, this blog is not about Jay-Z, specifically. It's about a scenario played out in Jay-Z's hit ...
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  • I'm Gonna Draw Your Blood Without a Warrant - The Future of DWI Investigation?

    Undoubtedly, one of the most important criminal law issues of recent time is squarely set before the United States Supreme Court in Missouri v. McNeely. The question before the Court is whether or not a police officer can draw your blood without your permission and without a warrant if that officer believes you are drunk driving. In short, the government (Missouri) will argue that under the ...
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  • Same-Sex Marriage, Drugs & Politics: Your Vote Doesn't Count?

    Alright, you got me; they'll be no talk of drugs in this blog post - Sex, Drugs and Politic s was a name of a really cool class I had in college. This is somewhat off topic for a criminal law blog but interesting nevertheless. The very legal procedure and intensive division amongst voters on same-sex marriage in our country has drawn the national spotlight. I'm actually neutral on what the outcome ...
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  • California Allows Young Undocumented Immigrants a Driver's License.

    California has become the first state to allow illegal immigrants that are eligible for work permits under President Obama's new immigration policy to receive a California driver's license. California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will require California's Department of Motor Vehicles to accept whatever documentation the federal government gives to applicants in the deferred ...
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  • A man sentenced to death speaks about his walk to the death chamber for the third time.

    A poignant look at what it's like to walk to the death chamber from someone who is sentenced to death and has walked the walk - a couple of times... http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/09/23/man-charged-with-murder-in-fort-worth-scheduled-for-execution-this-week/
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  • Do I have to give a police officer my name?

    I was at the bar the other night with some friends and we noticed that a couple had gotten into a verbal argument and the staff had asked them to leave. On their way out of the bar, a police officer stopped the male and asked him his name. At first, the guy absolutely refused to talk to the officer at all and wouldn't give his name. At this point, the guy was not being disruptive. Finally, out of ...
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  • Can the police stop and hold you without arresting you?

    I've been asked a lot of questions lately that revolve around whether a police officer can stop and hold you without actually arresting you. The short answer is…It depends. This is a very good question; typically, the answer depends on the facts of your situation. Generally speaking, if a police officer has a reasonable suspicion that you may be involved in committing a crime that officer may ...
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  • Welcome to our Blog

    I would like to welcome you to our blog and thank you for taking the time to drop in. This blog will focus on current topics and criminal cases nationally. It will also provide general information and opinions on various aspects on our criminal justice system that are in the media. Of course, this is not to be taken as legal advice. If you have questions about the posts on our site please call or ...
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